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All-Star Mile field finalised

  • All-Star Mile field is finalised 
  • A surprise wildcard
Mystic Journey.

The inaugural running of the All-Star Mile at Flemington is less than a fortnight away and the field of 14 runners has officially been finalised, with the final trio of wildcards announced on Monday.

Mystic Journey cemented a wildcard with her breathtaking victory in the Australian Guineas (1600m) on Saturday. Eight-year-old fan favourite Hartnell also received a wildcard, with the final spot in the field going to Australian Guineas runner-up Hawkshot.

The decision to include Hawkshot in the field is a surprising one, with the likes of Land Of Plenty and Fifty Stars on the outside, looking in. 

“There has been a healthy debate in recent weeks over who should receive the last three All-Star Mile wildcards, and it was impossible to overlook the performance of Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas,” Greg Carpenter said.  
“Adam Trinder’s stable star is arguably Australia’s most exciting filly, and it is very pleasing to see the state of Tasmania join Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria with a representative in the final field.  
“Godolphin will have two representatives in The All-Star Mile, with Hartnell joining his Group 1-winning stablemate Alizee – an emerging superstar of Australian racing – in the line-up. “Hartnell’s list of achievements since arriving in Australia – including setting a track record when winning the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Randwick – are outstanding and he joins established Group 1 milers such as his fellow wildcard Happy Clapper and Mick Price’s Flemington specialist Grunt in the field.
 “The decision on who should receive the final wildcard was more difficult, with several contenders presenting their case over recent weekends, but ultimately the panel felt that emerging three-year-old star Hawkshot was the worthiest recipient.”

2019 All-Star Mile field: 

1. Happy Clapper (Pat Webster, NSW)
2. Hartnell (James Cummings, NSW)
3. Material Man (Justin Warwick, WA)
4. Grunt (Mick Price, VIC)
5. Moss ‘n’ Dale (Peter Gelagotis, VIC)
6. Foundry (Terry Kelly, VIC)
7. Man of His Word (Dean Krongold, VIC)
8. Balf’s Choice (Ryan Balfour, SA)
9. Mr Money Bags (Robbie Griffiths, VIC)
10. Urban Ruler (Chris Munce, QLD)
11. Alizee (James Cummings, NSW)
12. Hawkshot (Lindsay Park, VIC)
13. Mystic Journey (Adam Trinder, TAS)
14. Amphitrite (Lindsay Park, VIC)

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All-Star Mile field finalised

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