The All-Star Mile is Racing Victoria’s latest feature race, first run in 2019. Worth $5 million, it’s run over 1600 metres as the culmination of the Victorian Autumn Racing Carnival.
Most unique about the All-Star Mile is the process through which the field is compiled. Ten of the fourteen starters in the race are voted in by racing fans, who are able to cast a single vote each for their favourite horse to take part. The other four starting positions are ‘wildcards’ awarded at the discretion of Racing Victoria.
The All-Star Mile is also unique among major races in that it doesn’t have a permanent home… it’s rotated annually among Melbourne’s three major racecourses: Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley. In 2021 the All-Star Mile will be raced at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
All-Star Mile 2021: Trevor Lawson’s Preview
Read on for key runner comments from pro punter Trevor Lawson…
SIR DRAGONET won the Cox Plate in the spring on a soft track, then was terrible first-up in the CF Orr Stakes. But he trialled well before and after that. He needs a wet track.
BEHEMOTH won well first-up then was disappointing second-up, and goes to the mile for the first time here. He’s drawn inside, which will be okay if the track is dry-ish, but maybe a negative if the track is wet.
I prefer STREETS OF AVALON back at 1400 metres. Not here.
MR QUICKIE ran okay first-up, but was well held. He’ll get a long way back here and doesn’t like rain.
STAR OF THE SEAS won well in a brutally-run race at Flemington, but would need to improve yet again off that.
MUGATOO ran on nicely first-up over shorter trip, running the fastest last 200 of the day. He’s unbeaten in Australian second-up and can run to to his best here.
THE HARROVIAN was finally beaten in in the lead-up in Melbourne. He had slight excuses, but I doubt he’ll be competitive here.
REGALO DI GAETANO is outclassed here.
RUSSIAN CAMELOT resumes here. His best figures are on wet tracks, so his chances would be enhanced on the soft.
PROBABEEL is unbeaten this prep and going terrifically. She handles dry or wet. Maps to roll forward.
SHOUT THE BAR was okay first-up and can run to her best here. She gets a good run on the map, but lacks the class.
GREYSFUL GLAMOUR was well beaten when resuming off a short break. She’d need to be at her absolute best here, which I doubt she can do. A wet track would be a negative.
STILL A STAR is a quality Tassie mare but completely outclassed here.
LUNAR FOX won the Australian Guineas at massive odds. I’m not sure that can be repeated here. Outclassed.
Verdict A lot depends on the weather here. I had Probabeel and Arcadia Queen equal favourites at $4.40 on raw numbers, prior to her being scratched. I’ve now got Probabeel favourite from Russian Camelot, with the rest are in double figures. But I’d expect Russian Camelot to firm in the wet.
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