Group 1 winning filly El Dorado Dreaming has been scratched from Saturday’s Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championships.

El Dorado Dreaming, above, has been withdrawn from the 2019 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

El Dorado Dreaming, above, has been withdrawn from the 2019 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Trainer Kris Lees notified Racing New South Wales Stewards that El Dorado Dreaming has not completely recovered from a respiratory infection and was subsequently withdrawn from the Feature Mile.

Lees also advised that El Dorado Dreaming will not be taking her place in the Group 1 $1m Heineken 3 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on Day Two of The Championships on Saturday week.

“Please be advised that Racing NSW Stewards have permitted trainer Kris Lees to scratch El Dorado Dreaming from tomorrow’s The Star Doncaster Mile on veterinary advice, due to a respiratory infection.  Mr Lees has further advised the filly will not race in the Australian Oaks on 13 April 2019,” the Racing New South Wales statement read.

First emergency Violate will now take his place in the Doncaster Mile field with Andrew Gibbons booked to ride.

The Brent Stanley trained Violate drew barrier nineteen in the original draw and is marked as the $151 outsider of the field at

El Dorado Dreaming was a long priced winner of the 2018 Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick twelve months ago during her two year season and has performed well at Group 1 level during this year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival.

El Dorado Dreaming finished third against the three year old fillies in the Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on March 2 and then ran on from the back again to finish third against the older mares in the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 16.

The withdrawal of El Dorado Dreaming from the Doncaster Mile hasn’t affected the market at with Brutal and Fifty Stars still sharing the top spot in the betting at $6 each ahead of Alizee at $7.50 and Hartnell and Fundamentalist at $9.50.

The Team Hawkes trained Brutal earned his spot at the top of the Doncaster Mile betting with a brave second to super mare Winx in the Group 1 $1m George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 23

Singapore based jockey Glen Boss will take over the reins from Tommy Berry and is likely to ride Brutal 0.5kg overweight at 49.5kg and is likely to jump from barrier eighteen in the twenty horse field.

Equal favourite Fifty Stars was also out of luck at the barrier draw and will jump from the extreme outside gate with light weight jockey Jye McNeil in the saddle.


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