Doncaster Mile Stakes

The Doncaster Mile is a listed race for four-year-olds and upwards at the opening meeting of the turf flat season.

It takes place in late March or early April and is often the starting point for horses expected to be competitive in Group races during the summer.

Notable past winners include Sublimity (2004), Belardo (2016) and Zabeel Prince (2018).

Find out more about the Doncaster Mile:

Doncaster Mile Stakes

Overview – Doncaster Mile

Horses must be at least four years old to compete in the Listed Doncaster Mile Stakes.

The Doncaster Mile Stakes is held on Saturday 1st April 2023.

It is scheduled to take place every year in late March or early April and is run over a distance of one mile (1,609 metres) at Doncaster Racecourse.

It presently takes place at the same race meeting as the Lincoln Handicap on the first day of the British flat racing turf season.

Doncaster Mile Stakes 2023 Odds

The Doncaster Mile Stakes odds are listed below:

Doncaster Mile
  • Date: Saturday 1st of April 2023
  • Time: 06:00
  • Details: 11 Runners Final Field - Refunds and Deductions Apply.
Mr Brightside
Duke De Sessa
Hope In Your Heart
Pride Of Jenni
Going Global

Doncaster Mile Stakes Tips

The Doncaster Mile Stakes tips are below:

2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

Many Doncaster Mile Stakes horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

Check out our Doncaster horse racing betting tips page if you are looking for more racing tips for events at Doncaster.

Doncaster Mile Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1988Vague Shot5Steve CauthenRobert Williams1:49.83
1989Beau Sher6Bruce RaymondBen Hanbury1:42.17
1990Lunar Mover4John ReidCharlie Nelson1:38.05
1991Regal Crest3John CarrollJack Berry1:44.02
1992Daros3Alan MunroLynda Ramsden1:43.17
1993Mellottie8John LoweMary Reveley1:37.18
1994Pay Homage6Frankie DettoriIan Balding1:43.84
1995Airport4John CarrollJohn Gosden1:42.68
1996First Island4Michael HillsGeoff Wragg1:41.54
1997Canyon Creek4Frankie DettoriJohn Gosden1:41.31
1998Hornbeam4Ray CochraneJohn Jenkins1:43.20
1999White Heart4Darryll HollandMark Johnston1:44.03
2000Hasty Words4Michael HillsBarry Hills1:38.59
2001Right Wing7Pat EdderyJohn Dunlop1:46.74
2002Dandoun4Pat EdderyJohn Dunlop1:48.21
2003Dandoun5Kieren FallonJohn Dunlop1:42.54
2004Sublimity4Johnny MurtaghMichael Stoute1:39.13
2005Autumn Glory5Steve DrowneGeoff Wragg1:39.52
2006(dh)KandidateVanderlin[a]47Seb SandersMartin DwyerClive BrittainAndrew Balding1:38.88
2007Banknote[a]5Darryll HollandAndrew Balding1:37.34
2008Medicine Path4Jamie SpencerPeter Chapple-Hyam1:41.27
2009Staying On4Adam KirbyWalter Swinburn1:34.46
2010Fanunalter4Darryll HollandMarco Botti1:38.42
2011St Moritz5Adrian NichollsDavid Nicholls1:37.42
2012Penitent6Danny TudhopeDavid O'Meara1:39.04
2013Gabrial4Kieren FallonRichard Fahey1:40.50
2014Graphic5Seb SandersWilliam Haggas1:40.12
2015Tullius7Jimmy FortuneAndrew Balding1:41.21
2016Belardo4James DoyleRoger Varian1:46.48
2017Kool Kompany5Ryan MooreRichard Hannon Jr.1:36.99
2018Zabeel Prince5Andrea AtzeniRoger Varian1:43.63
2019Sharja Bridge5Andrea AtzeniRoger Varian1:36.65
no race 2020 [b]
2021Top Rank5P. J. McDonaldJames Tate1:38.47
2022Chindit4Rossa RyanRichard Hannon Jr.1:38.22
2023Astral Beau4Rob HornbyPam Sly1:50.18

Doncaster Mile Stakes Previous Result

Famous Doncaster Mile Winners

The Doncaster Mile usually attracts a mixture of horses who perhaps dipped below top level the previous season and those who are graduating from handicaps. Vague Shot (1988) and Mellottie (1993) certainly fell into the second category having scored in the Royal Hunt Cup and Cambridgeshire Handicap respectively.

Dandoun won it in 2002 and 2003 for Trainer John Dunlop before Sir Michael Stoute struck with Sublimity in 2004. He was sold to go over hurdles in Ireland the following season. He won the 2007 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as a 16-1 outsider, beating Brave Inca by three lengths.

The race produced a thrilling dead-heat in 2006 between Clive Brittain’s Kandidate and Andrew Balding’s Vanderlin. In 2016 the race was won by the Roger Varian-trained Belardo, ridden by James Doyle. He had won the 2014 Dewhurst Stakes but failed to live up to expectations as a three-year-old. A second place in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot had convinced connections to keep him in training. After his Doncaster victory he finished a disappointing fourth at Sandown but bounced back to win the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. He was retired after chasing home Tepin in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot,

Key Doncaster Mile Trials

The Doncaster Mile can sometimes be on the agenda for horses who have been successful in big handicaps the previous season. Winners of The Lincoln Handicap, Royal Hunt Cup and Cambridgeshire have all competed in this race in the past.

The Bet365 Mile at Sandown is a possible target for winners with races like the Lockinge and Queen Anne later in the summer.

Doncaster Mile Betting Trends

Five of the last ten favourites have won the Doncaster Mile; Tullius (2015) 1-2, Belardo (2016) 8-13, Zabeel Prince (2018) 10-11, Sharja Bridge (2019) 8-13 and Chindit (2022) 8-13. The longest-priced winner during that period was Kool Kompany at 701 in 2017.

An official rating of 111 or higher is usually required to win this race.

Nine of the last ten winners were rated between 111 and 116.

The only winner to fall below that mark was Tullius (2015) who was rated 106.

Doncaster Mile – Top Trainers and Jockeys

John Dunlop’s three winners in the race was matched by Andrew Balding; Vanderlin (2016), Banknote (2007) and Tullius (2015). More recently, Roger Varian has been the trainer to follow. He won it with Belardo (2016), Zabeel Prince (2018) and Sharja Bridge (2019).

Jockey Darryll Holland won it on White Heart (1999), Banknote (2007) and Fanunalter (2010).

Betting on the Doncaster Mile

The Doncaster Mile usually attracts a small but select field. Any entries from the Roger Varian stable will be worth noting and the market has been an accurate guide to the outcome in recent years.

Summary of the Doncaster Mile Stakes

Thank you for reading our Doncaster Mile Stakes guide.

We have looked at stats, history, betting tips and more, so you have all the information you need whether placing a bet or watching the race.

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