all-star mile

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 2022 the All-Star Mile will be raced at Flemington Racecourse.

All-Star Mile 2022: Trevor Lawson’s Preview

You wouldn’t say this field is $5 million worth, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad race overall. It’d be better if it was a handicap as there’s a lot of deadwood in the race. But anyway… let’s find a  winner.

Track The track should be perfect. There’s a bit of rain forecast on Thursday (writing this on Wednesday night) but that’ll just save them from  watering it. The rail goes out to 8m and it should race well across the track.

Speed Streets Of Avalon is the pace on the inside. Tofane will go forward, as will Callsign Mav, and from out wide Zaaki and Lightsabre will take it up. So there’s plenty of speed and the pace should be genuine. I’m Thunderstruck maps to be three back on the fence, but with the speed on there should be plenty of space to get out.

Runner-by-runner

Prices courtesy of TopSport, correct at time of publication.

ZAAKI [$3.40] handed up first-up in the Blamey and got out late, and took a bit of time to get going. He’ll be fitter here second-up and so should improve. The pace is decent so he can go to the front or tuck in behind them. I don’t think the barrier will be a concern.

INSPIRATIONAL GIRL [$5.50] was good last start in the Blamey, beating Zaaki second-up off a long spell. She would have benefitted from that. She can go to a new level here.

PINSTRIPED [$6.50] won his first three then had no luck at all in the Australian Guineas last start, where he arguably should have been in the finish.

I’M THUNDERSTRUCK [$7] hasn’t been suited in either run back this prep (the CF Orr and the Futurity Stakes). She gets to the right trip and can run to her best here. The inside draw is a slight concern, but with the good speed the field should break up.

TOFANE [$14] led and dictated in a slowly-run CF Orr Stakes first-up. She was well held in the Futurity last start. Her best figures are at 1400m.

LIGHTSABER [$18] put in a good effort in the Australian Guineas start of an interrupted prep. He rolls forward here and his best runs have been in genuinely-run races, which this should be.

SIERRA SUE [$19] is going well. She had a good win last start in the Futurity Stakes (but may have bene helped by track pattern). Her ratings drop off when she’s at 1600m. I’d prefer her back at 1200m. The wide barrier is also a concern for her.

CASCADIAN [$21] was okay two starts back in a slowly-run race. He then battled okay last week in a fast-run Australian Cup. He’s drawn to get a good run here. He has a chance but I’m not sure he wants a really fast-run race, which this might be.

ICEBATH [$26] was narrowly beaten in the Cantala at this track and trip in the spring. She’s two runs in here and should be fully fit. The genuine tempo suits.

CAPTIVANT [$34] was good second-up over 1400m in the CS Hayes. He looked terrific chance last start in the Australian Guineas, but failed with every possible chance. The track possibly too soft for him there. He loses Jamie Kah here. Only a very rough chance for mine.

CALLSIGN MAV [$41] was okay first-up at this trip in the Carlyon Cup, then missed a run and struggled in the fast-run Australian Cup last week. He’s on the quick back-up here. Only a very rough chance.

MR BRIGHTSIDE [$18] is a good honest horse with a good bank of ratings. He’s just poorly weighted here at WFA. Only a rough chance.

STREETS OF AVALON [$91] isn’t going well enough right now and it better at 1400m.

LUNAR FOX [$81] and KING MAGNUS [$81] are outclassed here at weight-for-age.

Verdict

I’ve got Zaaki comfortably on top at about his market price, so he could well be a bet here. From there I have Inspirational Girl around $6.50, so I’d want a bit of a drift on her, and I’m Thuderstruck and Tofane around $13. I have Pinstriped marked around $21 so he’s far too short for mine and a possible lay candidate.

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