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Doncaster Mile barrier draw: Robbie Dolan staying cool despite Mo’unga drawing wide

Young gun Robbie Dolan didn’t need to look far for some sage advice after learning his mount Mo’unga had drawn the car park in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile at Randwick.

The Irish-born hoop was on course for Tuesday’s barrier draw as three-year-old gun Mo’unga was allocated barrier 21 for the $3 million feature.

Dolan, who is chasing a maiden Group 1 win, had just finished his TV commitments when up stepped seven-time Doncaster winner Glen Boss to share his thoughts on the Saturday’s great race.

“I have said it often, the barriers from that mile start are irrelevant,” Boss told Sky Racing.

“You just have to back yourself and what your plan is and have to execute it really quickly and get it done.”

If any jockey knows best, it’s Boss.

His most recent Doncaster Mile win in 2018 came when he jumped from barrier 18 on the Hawkes Racing three-year-old Brutal while he won it from 16 on Chris Waller’s Kermadec in 2015.

Glen Boss has made the Doncaster Mile his own, winning the race seven times. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Boss’ 2021 mount Think It Over will jump from a few inside Mo’unga after drawing barrier 18.

Dolan was typically cool when discussing his own wide draw despite Mo’unga drifting from $6 out to $7.50 with

The Annabel Neasham-trained colt had rocketed into contention with a pair of sensational Group 1 runs this preparation, finishing runner-up in the Randwick Guineas before winning the Rosehill Guineas.

Tommy Berry rode Mo’unga in both of those starts but is unable to get close to the 49.5kg handed to the star three-year-old in the Doncaster.

It was Dolan thrust into the hot seat.

“I don’t really feel too much pressure,” Dolan said.

“He is a horse with a lot of ability, drawn wide but we will have a plan on the day.

“He is a very talented horse and I am confident coming from the 2000m stepping back to a mile is going to be a good decision.”

Mo’unga (outside) won the Rosehill Guineas last start. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Mugatoo is the $4 favourite after drawing barrier four on Tuesday and Dolan concedes the Kris Lees-trained All-Star Mile winner is one of the main rivals to his Doncaster bid.

“Obviously Mugatoo has drawn very well so he will be there upfront a long way,” Dolan said.

“Yao Dash will more than likely slide forward and set a genuine tempo with a couple of other runners so we can hope they will over do it.

“My guy should be running home strongly.”


Number – Horse – Trainer – Jockey – Barrier – Weight

1 – MUGATOO (Kris Lees) – Hugh Bowman – 4 – 56kg

2 – AVILIUS (James Cummings) – James McDonald – 12 – 56kg

3 – SAMADOUBT (Bjorn Baker) – Josh Parr – 14 – 56kg

4 – STAR OF THE SEAS (Chris Waller) – TBA – 9 – 54kg

5 – OLENDO (Anabel Neasham) – Tommy Berry – 5 – 54kg

6 – SHOUT THE BAR (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) – Tim Clark – 20 – 53.5kg

7 – GEM SONG (Kris Lees) – Jason Collett – 19 – 53.5kg

8 – ZAAKI (Anabel Neasham) – Regan Bayliss – 22 – 53.5kg

9 – AEGON (Murray Baker and Andrew Foresman) – Kerrin McEvoy – 7 – 53kg

10 – CASCADIAN (James Cummings) – Jamie Kah – 3 – 53kg

11 – DALASAAN (Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas) – Jason Holder – 1 – 53kg

12 – THINK IT OVER (Kerry Parker) – Glen Boss – 18 – 52.5kg

13 – FUNSTAR (Chris Waller) – Craig Williams – 17 – 52.5kg

14 – BEST OF DAYS (James Cummings) – Rachel King – 15 – 52.5kg

15 – I AM SUPERMAN (Peter and Paul Snowden) – Andrew Adkins – 10 – 52kg

16 – ROCK (Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes) – TBA – 8 – 52kg

17 – NETTOYER (Wendy Roche) – Michael Poy – 6 – 51kg

18 – YAO DASH (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) – Michael Dee – 11 – 50.5kg

19 – MO’UNGA (Anabel Neasham) – Robbie Dolan – 21 – 49.5kg

20 – FORBIDDEN LOVE (Richard and Michael Freedman) – Dean Yendall – 13 – 49.5kg

21.e – ICEBATH (Brad Widdup) – Jay Ford – 2 – 50.5kg

22.e – WHEELHOUSE (Chris Waller) – TBA – 16 – 49.5kg

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Originally published asDoncaster king’s wise advice for young jockey

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