All Star Mile – world’s richest mile race for thoroughbreds

| January 17, 2020
All Star Mile
Excitement builds for All Star Mile – world’s richest mile race for thoroughbreds

The All Star Mile is the world’s richest mile race for thoroughbreds and what a bonanza for horse racing in Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia. Facing growing opposition from other states programming ultra rich novelty races, the VRC have stumbled on a winner by racing over the mile distance and providing a marquis event for local and international superstar thoroughbreds. It’s the richest mile race in the world. Surely it won’t belong before it attains Group One status.

The $5M All Star Mile is run this year over 1600m at Caulfield on the 14th March. It is rotated around Melbourne’s three racetracks, Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley. 

The field determined by public vote

The All Star Mile concept provides the racing public with a chance to vote their favourite thoroughbred into the world’s richest mile race.

The top 10 spots in the All Star Mile field are determined by a public voting system. There are other races like this around the world, an example being the G1 Arima Kinen that Cox Plate champion Lys Gracieux recently won in Japan.

It is a sure way to get the public involved and enhance the build up to the event.

Three-year-olds and over, pay $500 to enter the voting system. The public then vote for each nominee and the 10 highest ranked horses gain entry in the race. There is provision for 3-5 emergencies/wildcards making up the maximum 15-horse field. Winners of the Futurity Stakes and the Blamey Stakes, both run in February, are given automatic entry into the race.

Entry funds from each nomination goes to the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal, which is a great idea. Racing Victoria have also announced that $1 for every vote cast will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. There were over 140,000 votes taken for last year’s race and more are expected this year given the outstanding success.

Public voting for the 2020 race commenced on Thursday, 16th Jan. Votes are made at the race’s dedicated website:

The Arima Kinen in Japan, after which the All Star Mile was modelled, receives over a million votes from the general public!

For the first time, votes are invited from the public in New Zealand.

2019 staged the first edition of the race and was won by Mystic Journey, a crowd favourite mare retirement of Winx. Mystic Journey powered away to win the $5M race. Another long-time favourite of racegoers, Hartnell, bravely pushed through on the inside to take second place.

Purchased for the paltry sum of $11,000, the Tasmanian mare trained by Adam Trinder has accumulated over $3.7M from 17 starts.

When the Victoria Racing Club conceived a race showcasing the best milers in the country, they didn’t dream of landing one of the most thrilling and emotional races in its inaugural running.

Nominations showcase our best

Last year’s winner, Mystic Journey, is aiming to go back-to-back, however a soft tissue infection in the left front limb has currently side-lined her for a few days. Her plans are a little uncertain, however it is expected that she will only miss a small amount of trackwork before continuing with her preparation.

Mystic Journey is unbeaten at Caulfield, having won both her starts at the famous metropolitan track. Currently she is 25th on the public voting leaderboard, but as a former winner she may be included as a wildcard entry.

Our Kiwi friends will no doubt be voting for their champion mare Melody Belle. The bonny mare had an extraordinary Spring Carnival winning the Empire Rose and running second to Magic Wand in the Mackinnon. Melody Belle catapulted to an early lead in the public voting leader board, however she has since dropped back to third place in rankings.

Victorian colt Heart Of Puissance has been popular in the voting. He has had only 3 starts in his career so far, for 2 wins. Aristia, the 2018 VRC Oaks winner who ran second to Melody Belle in the Empire Rose, is another who is popular in the votes. Aristia shot to the lead on the first day of voting but is currently ranked about 7th.

Other key nominees include Star Missile, Super Seth, Kolding, Begood Toya Mother, The Holy One, Catalyst, Dalasan and Alligator Blood. The public may like to read pokies news while deciding on their favourite betting options.

Alligator Blood returned from a spell in devastating form, winning last Saturday’s $2M Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast. Remember he had the Caulfield Guineas shot to pieces before being collared on the line by Super Seth. The alligator will relish another go at Caulfield.

Social media playing important role

Getting into the Top 10 gives the connections a live chance at the first prize of $2.25M. As a result, a place in the final field is very competitive. It’s exciting to watch each horse’s connections using Twitter to canvass votes. You can get involved in the All Star Mile chat by following @AllStarMile and the hashtag #allstarmile.

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