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Doncaster Mile the target of Royal Descent’s autumn

Premier trainer Chris Waller will peak Royal Descent for one race during the autumn over her favourite course, the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 4.
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It is where one lucky punter will join Gerry Harvey in ownership of the star mare for the day.

Although she has more than $2 million in stakes, Royal Descent has been unlucky over the Randwick mile on three occasions, being runner-up in the Doncaster, George Main Stakes and Epsom Handicap in the past 12 months.

“The Randwick mile is a course she excels at and you have to give her another chance at it and hope we get a change of luck,” Waller said.

“She has three group 1 seconds over the course and she probably could have won all of them with a little luck. I’m sure she is going to be competitive again on Doncaster day.”

Waller was happy enough with her return in Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes on a firm Randwick surface, where she ran seventh, and will push on towards the George Ryder Stakes for her next appearance.

That will top off the preparation for the Doncaster, where a lucky punter has the chance to have a 10 per cent share in the mare and hopefully join Harvey in the winners’ circle.

“It is a great opportunity for someone to have 10 per cent of a honest, genuine mare in a group 1, where she has always been competitive,” Waller said. “It was a good return on Saturday on a firm track, which does not suit her, and she is going to improve from it.”

Harvey is excited to be sharing the chance to be part of possibly winning a Doncaster during The Championships.

“The big one is the Doncaster – it’s a $3 million race, with a first prize of $1.6 million,” Harvey said.

“So I’m relinquishing 10 per cent of that to somebody who I hope is lucky. And if she wins, they’ll get $150,000 and an amazing day out. That’s a pretty good return as it costs nothing to enter.

“If she wins [they] probably won’t be as excited as me, but [they] might be. The winner will get to feel emotions that they’ve never experienced before.

“I just hope Royal Descent can win the Doncaster and make everybody very happy.”

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