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David Hayes is confident Redkirk Warrior is ready for the mile

THE 152ND DONCASTER MILE

* The world’s richest mile (1600m) handicap worth $3 million.

HISTORY

* Highlight of first day of The Championships at Randwick.

* First run in 1865 when it was won by Dundee and has since been won by many of the finest horses to grace the Australian turf.

* Named after the famous racecourse in England’s north.

* Regarded as Australia’s premier mile race, past winners include Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Hall Mark (1935), Fine And Dandy (1961, 1963), Time And Tide (1965), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990-91), Sunline (1999, 2002), More Joyous (2012) and Winx (2016).

* The late TJ Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse are the most successful trainers having each won seven times.

* Waterhouse has one runner this year – Ecuador, who finished 11th in 2016 under Tim Clark.

* Six horses have won back-to-back Doncasters: Mildura (1940-41), Blue Legend (1946-47), Slogan II (1956-57), Tudor Hill (1959-60), Super Impose (1990-91) and Pharaoh (1994-95), Sacred Falls (2013-14).

* The fastest recorded time is 1:33.7 by Belmura Lad in 1979.

* The Doncaster Mile gained its Group One status in 1980.

TALKING POINTS:

* Chris Waller is looking for his fifth consecutive win following Sacred Falls in 2013 and 2014, Kermadec in 2015 and Winx in 2016. He has also previously won with Triple Honour in 2008 and Rangirangdoo in 2010.

* Waller has already made history with the first four home in 2014 – Sacred Falls, Royal Descent, Weary and Hawkspur.

* Waller has four runners this year – Arod, McCreery, Endless Drama and Antonio Giuseppe. But this year’s favourite is Kris Lee-trained Le Romain who will start from barrier eight.

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

“I’m pretty confident if he travels up here he’ll be ready for the mile this weekend. Might need a pretty clever ride from (barrier) 15” – trainer David Hayes on Redkirk Warrior.

“He’s in good order. He’s such a consistent horse, he’ll run really well” – trainer Kris Lees on favourite Le Romain.

“You’ve got from the top Le Romain and I Am A Star down the bottom. It’s a great spread of horses and those two in particular I think are going to be the testing material” – Happy Clapper’s jockey Blake Shinn.

 
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