All Star Mile: Horse-by-horse preview and suggestions

The inaugural operating of the All Star Mile is right here, however its share of controversy alongside the best way. In a transparent response to the recognition of The Everest and the brazenness of Racing New South Wales, Racing Victoria created their very own race out of skinny air. Probably, they did this within the hope of luring Winx and The Autumn Solar away from their northern rivals, however that has not turned out to be the case. With ten spots within the area decided by the voting public and 4 wildcard alternatives to fill out the race, the All Star Mile is the primary of its variety in Australia. Connections of battling horses highlighted a flaw within the system – final place will obtain $90,000 prizemoney, so there isn't a disincentive for any outdated goat to take a spot if it may win sufficient votes – and it's clear that the minimal ranking should rise significantly; as much as 105+ for older horses, and maybe 95+ for three-year-olds. Nonetheless, if we overlook the 5 - 6 horses making up the numbers, then the opposite eight runners ought to present a high-class occasion. 1. Glad Clapper Glad Clapper is to Winx what Hay Listing was to Black Caviar. Each champion wants a assist act, and it has been his lot to offer that to the best horses we’ve doubtless ever seen. The outdated marvel was at it once more final begin within the Chipping Norton, taking on the operating and attempting to steal the race from the entrance. For just a few strides within the Randwick straight it seemed like he may even do it, however then Winx started working as she all the time does. Ultimately, Glad Clapper was lower than two lengths behind Winx, however 4 in entrance of third. Second within the 2017 Mackinnon is Glad Clapper’s finest efficiency at Flemington, however his general document at 1600m lately is just excellent. He’s received a Doncaster and an Epsom, and run second to Winx thrice. The #1 saddlecloth sits very comfortably on him. 2. Hartnell Hartnell is one other grand galloper lining up within the All Star Mile, a fellow eight-year-old to Glad Clapper. As soon as the undisputed second-best horse in Australia behind Winx and rated prime ten on the planet, he isn’t the identical runner he was in 2016 when at his hottest, however remains to be full of sophistication. Whereas he stopped chasing residence Winx some time in the past, his 2018 calendar nonetheless reveals two Group 1 wins and a few placings on the highest stage in addition. It’s been fantastic to see him tackle huge handicaps just like the Epsom and Toorak with prime weight, profitable one and ending second within the different. Hartnell confirmed he is able to run an enormous race within the All Star Mile with a fast-finishing third within the Futurity Stakes behind Alizee. Do not forget that Flemington is the house to his finest ever win – the 2016 Turnbull Stakes, when he donkey-licked a top quality Group 1 area. (AAP Picture/Dean Lewins) three. Materials Man Whereas Glad Clapper and Hartnell got wildcards into the All Star Mile area, Materials Man was voted in by the general public, with the Perth horse little question getting the overwhelming majority of Western Australian votes. Materials Man has had three runs this prep, taking over the Orr, Futurity and Blamey in readiness for this task, however the truth is he hasn’t seemed as much as Group 1 class. Some would say he was unfortunate in his first two runs, after which he pulled up with excuses within the Blamey, however he’ll want to seek out just a few lengths to be a profitable likelihood. four. Grunt Grunt remains to be calmly raced for an autumn four-year-old, having solely had 11 profession begins. Two of these have delivered Group 1 wins, each over the Flemington 1600m, within the Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva Stakes. Exterior of these two wins, he’s by no means completed increased than fifth in his final seven begins, exhibiting that he's a horse that may peak on his day, however can’t be trusted from a consistency perspective. That is what separates him from the veterans like Glad Clapper and Hartnell. Slightly than take the WFA path to this race, he carried 61.5 kgs first-up in a Group three handicap and was okay with the massive weight, however it wasn’t a run that screamed ‘coming winner’. A clumsy draw received’t make issues any simpler for him both. 5. Moss ‘N’ Dale Moss ‘N’ Dale is as trustworthy because the day is lengthy, and barely affords something lower than a aggressive effort. He’s all the time across the mark in nation cups and Saturday handicaps, however did end the spring with a Group three win up in Sydney on his most popular heavy going. He strikes the All Star Mile second-up, however was discovered severely wanting within the Orr Stakes first-up and it’s arduous to assume he can flip issues round sufficient to problem for the win right here. Moss ‘N’ Dale isn’t the worst horse within the area, however that's solely a backhanded praise given how lengthy the tail is on this race. Associated There is a lack of star energy within the All-Star Mile Racing 6. Foundry Foundry finds himself within the All Star Mile after being voted in as a result of assist from nation Victoria and a concerted effort by connections. This nine-year-old strikes the race first-up and will likely be precisely 500 days between runs. In his favour is that he really has document at Flemington, has run some useful races at 1600m, and did win a Group 1 final time he was in work – that was the Metropolitan up in Sydney the place he carried 50.5 kgs to victory. Nonetheless, he’s a great distance from being a contender. 7. Man Of His Phrase Man of His Phrase hasn’t received since December 2016, however has run some helpful races since. The most effective of those was within the Hollindale Stakes final Might, the place he completed third to Oregon’s Day and Tom Melbourne, each confirmed Group 1 performers. Sadly, since then he’s had seven begins however completed no nearer than fifth, and his type appears to be going backwards. Nonetheless, if he can produce considered one of his higher runs he may end forward of the opposite lengthy odds horses. eight. Balf’s Alternative Balf’s Alternative is one other Saturday handicapper that finds himself within the area as a result of savvy manipulating of the voting by connections. The Adelaide veteran often runs nicely in Saturday grade over there, and pops up for a win from time to time. His finest type was the 2017 spring when profitable the Balaklava Cup and Seymour Cup, each Listed races. That latter of these had fellow All Star Miler Moss ‘N’ Dale operating third. 9. Mr Cash Baggage Mr Cash Baggage is a constant four-year-old that has been on the scene a few yr and a half, and is bettering regularly over the course of his profession. He’s run nicely behind Fifty Stars a few occasions, and we noticed that horse win the Blamey Stakes a few weeks in the past. Mr Cash Baggage has a win and 4 placings this marketing campaign, and isn’t usually distant in his races. Clearly, this can be a bridge too far for him, however connections may have a time out and pocket $90,000 in prizemoney as soon as he finishes the race. 10. City Ruler City Ruler comes into this race having been crushed a mixed 17 lengths at his final two begins in Brisbane, and has the bottom ranking of any runner within the area. There’s actually not a lot else to be stated. 11. Alizee Alizee is presently equal favorite within the All Star Mile, unbeaten in three runs this marketing campaign and on a profitable streak of 4. The four-year-old mare is already a three-time Group 1 winner, with two of these coming at 1600m. Each of these wins had been at Randwick, the largest observe in Sydney, so it’s simple to conclude that she is going to relish Flemington as nicely. Alizee’s three wins this prep have all been putting – first up she was dominant with an enormous weight in listed firm, second-up she gave good horses windburn in an conceited show, after which final begin within the Futurity she needed to show coronary heart, grit and preventing qualities after being three vast the journey and pushed wider on the flip. She’s the whole bundle, and the horse to beat of the older brigade. Extra Racing All Star Mile: Horse-by-horse preview and suggestions There is a lack of star energy within the All-Star Mile Loads of stars, however nonetheless a match race The Mounting Yard: Australian Cup day at Flemington preview The Mounting Yard: Randwick Guineas preview Racing 12. Hawkshot Hawkshot is considered one of three three-year-olds within the All Star Mile, and the race is all the higher for them. This gelding from the Hayes yard was a controversial wildcard recipient given he has no Group 1 wins to his title and was operating in benchmark 64 grade two months in the past. He put his title up in lights with an authoritative wire-to-wire win within the Autumn Basic at Caulfield, and adopted that up with a second to star filly Mystic Journey within the Australian Guineas. With no pure chief already within the race, and quite a lot of acceptors doubtlessly jogging round to gather $90,000 prizemoney all the way down to final, it’s clear the organisers wanted a front-runner to make sure a real tempo and to offer each horse their likelihood. At the very least with Hawkshot, you get the x-factor of an bettering three-year who has simply run a Group 1 second on the course and distance two weeks earlier. 13. Mystic Journey Mystic Journey is on her strategy to changing into a celebrity, and nicely and really stamped herself as the most effective filly of the season along with her win within the Australian Guineas. She obtained a peach of a experience from Anthony Darmanin within the Guineas, and was ok to place away a well-credentialled area. Hawkshot had no reply to her within the straight, and Amphitrite was left in her wake – there was no visually beautiful electrical burst from Mystic Journey there, simply sustained velocity to run the quickest final 600m and 400m, and solely zero.02 seconds of getting the final 200m as nicely. Look again at Mystic Journey’s win at Moonee Valley in October the place she beat Fundamentalist by greater than two lengths – that filly is a wonderful measuring stick given she was simply nosed out by The Autumn Solar within the Randwick Guineas, after additionally operating placings within the Encompass Stakes, Empire Rose and Thousand Guineas. Mystic Journey takes on the older horses for the primary time, however has the suitable platform to do it from. She is equal favorite with Alizee and rightfully so. (Supply: Wiki Commons) 14. Amphitrite Amphitrite seemed like being the star filly of the 2018-19 racing season, till Mystic Journey got here alongside. She went from maiden class to Thousand Guineas winner within the area of a month within the spring, after which was desperately unfortunate within the Empire Rose on Derby Day when leaping favorite. Amphitrite resumed with a cushty win within the Vainness first-up, earlier than tackling the Australian Guineas second up. She ran a pleasant third there, and had some good horses behind her, however she couldn’t match motors with Mystic Journey when the whips had been cracking. It's nice to see the Australian Guineas trifecta all operating within the All Star Mile – every of those three-year-olds is in nice type, and they'll add one other dimension to the race. Pace Map Hawkshot is the particular chief, except one thing goes amiss, and Glad Clapper must be sitting not far off him given he has run so nicely twice this prep both setting the tempo or being proper there. Mystic Journey and Amphitrite have choices to make from double-figure gates. Hartnell must be no worse than midfield from an inside draw, and Grunt and Alizee additionally must make their means throughout, and must be midfield or a contact worse. Alternatives: 1. Glad Clapper 2. Mystic Journey three. Alizee four. Hartnell