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All-Star Mile Field - A phantom ten-horse field for the 2019 All-Star Mile

Jackson Oldham in News 22 Jan 2019
  • Our All-Star Mile field
  • We pick our ten runners from the 130 nominations
  • Do you agree? 
The Autumn Sun.

Voting for the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile is now open and controversy is already brewing, with five-year-old gelding Urban Ruler leading after the first day of voting.  

The RacingBase team has put together our ‘phantom’ ten-horse field using the 130 nominations.

Who have we missed? What horse would you like to see in the $5 million All-Star Mile? Let us know on social media. 

1. The Autumn Sun 

It’s impossible to look past the Chris Waller-trained The Autumn Sun as the leading candidate of the 130 horses nominated for the race. The son of Redoute’s Choice is a three-time Group one winner and has stamped himself as the second-best horse in the country with a breathtaking spring carnival that featured a victories in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and a stunning 4.5 length victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m). Chris Waller has indicated that although the All-Star mile is tempting, he is looking at Sydney targets for the The Autumn Sun, which is most likely his last preparation. 

2. Alizee 

Godolphin has three horses nominated for the race and surprisingly, all three are on my shortlist of ten runners. James Cummings’ best chance looks to be four-year-old Sepoy mare, Alizee. She has returned in terrific order, winning the listed Xmas Classic (1200m) in December. I love the mile at Flemington for her, she’s a big striding mare who needs time to wind up. Her three career runs over 1600m have included two victories and a placing, all at Group 1 level. She has won the Queen Of The Turf, Flight Stakes and finished third in the Thousand Guineas. I wouldn’t recommend backing her in early markets, as she has already been banned for three months after she bled in August but assuming she makes it to the race, she looks a big chance. 

3. Mystic Journey 

I’m confident that the Adam Trinder-trained Mystic Journey is a Group one winner in waiting. Four starts ago she was lining up in a Benchmark 70 race at Devonport, fast forward six months and I believe she is a leading chance in a $5 million race. She exploded away from her rivals, winning the listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m) two starts ago. She went to another level getting up to a mile at The Valley on Cox Plate Day. She sat three-wide with no cover and towelled up El Dorado Dreaming, on a day when it was almost impossible to win three horses off the rails (unless your name was Winx). That win was huge and I’m extremely confident she can take the next step in the Autumn. 

4. Happy Clapper 

Fan favourite Happy Clapper is extremely likely to make his way into the field and trainer Pat Webster will be trying his best to avoid Winx, so it seems likely that the rising eight-year-old will take his place in the race. His Spring Carnival preparation was cut short when he was found to have an internal bleed after his fifth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m). The Veteran galloper has amassed over $6 million in prizemoney and four of his eleven wins have been over a mile, including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile and the Group 1 Epsom Handicap. 

5. Land Of Plenty

Darren Weir has 14 of the 130 horses nominated for the All-Star Mile and the leading contender could be Land Of Plenty. The five-year-old gelding had a break out spring, with a dominant victory in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) the highlight of a terrific preparation. He also notched a victory over Peaceful State and close-up finishes behind Jungle Cat in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and behind Best Of Days in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m). We know Darren Weir can target horses for races and look for him to run well. 

6. Te Akau Shark 

Australia is on the radar for the most talented horse in New Zealand. The four-year-old Rip Van Winkle gelding has five wins from six career starts, including a dominant six-length victory in the Group 2 Couplands Mile at his last start. Connections of the Jamie Richards-trained galloper are currently looking at the Doncaster Mile in Sydney but the $5 million prizepool must be tempting.

7. Best Of Days 

James Cummings put the blinkers on five-year-old Best Of Days and he stamped himself as a genuine elite miler, winning the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. He was given a perfect ride from Craig Williams and exploded through a gap to defeat Le Romain and Peaceful State. He has been in Cummings’ care for less than 12 months and I would expect that with some more time to figure the horse out, he will only improve in the Autumn. He obviously loves Flemington and with the right setup, could be a major threat in this race.

8. Ringerdingding

Since entering the Darren Weir stable in August, three-year-old colt Ringerdingding has continued to improve, making the jump from a Benchmark 64 to Group two level in the space of five starts. He was terrific, charging home against the bias in a Group 3 race on Cox Plate Day and that put the writing on the wall for his explosive victory on Derby Day, coming from an almost impossible position. He improved again once over a mile, beating Seabrook in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m). I expect to see a better horse in the Autumn and he looks a Group 1 winner in waiting.

9. Hartnell 

The rising eight-year-old galloper Hartnell showed that he can still compete at Group One level over the Spring, with a victory in the Epsom Handicap (1600m) and a close-up second behind Land Of Plenty in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m). I would assume that Alizee would be Godolphin's number one horse in the race but the old warrior Hartnell can never be counted out. Although I wouldn’t back him against this field, he does deserve his spot in the race. 

10. Grunt

Although the jury is somewhat out, I couldn’t leave the Mick Price-trained Grunt out of my field. In his two starts at Flemington over the mile, the four-year-old son of O’Reilly has won the Group 1 Australian Guineas and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes. His only blemish at Flemington was a tenth behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m). Looking at that run, it was obvious he was over the top. He was fifth-up and two runs past his ultimate goal for the Spring. He is a peak performance horse Mick Price knows how to set him for a race. 








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