All-Star Mile Tips & Preview 2022

All-Star Mile Tips & Preview

Looking for All-Star Mile tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 All-Star Mile at Flemington.

Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.


Zaaki has been installed as the $3.20 favourite with Sportsbet for the fourth running on the All-Star Mile at the $3.20 quote, just ahead of his last start Blamey Stakes (1600m) conqueror, Inspirational Girl, at the $5.

I’m Thunderstruck comes into this third up and is $7 alongside the unlucky Australian Guineas (1600m) runner, Pinstriped. Tofane and Mr Brightside are both at $15, while Cascadian ($17), Icebath ($19) and Lightsaber ($21) head the rest.


Five runners come out of the Blamey Stakes and it was Inspirational Girl that took out the Flemington Group 2 on March 5. Mr Brightside led them up at a crawl that day, while Zaaki was caught behind him on the rails. Inspirational Girl settled 5th and had the answers at the end.

Zaaki was first up and barged out at the 200m, looking the winner before just running out of steam late in the piece. He meets Inspirational Girl 4kg better at the weights but has drawn wide. I suspect he will stroll forward from the gate with Jamie Kah to ride.

King Magnus and Lunar Fox are the other two to come out of the Blamey and will both need to improve. Inspirational Girl went just two lengths faster than standard but that was on the back of the slow tempo.

Best last start benchmark figures come out of the Australian Guineas with Lightsaber going a very healthy 13.2 lengths faster than standard when runner-up behind Hitotsu. He went 14.6 lengths faster up until the 600m mark and did very well to stick on for runner-up.

If you have not seen a replay of the race, check what happened to Pinstriped. Fair to say he was stiff and he is the likely improver here. Captivant was 6th in the Australian Guineas and comes into this at the same stage of his last preparation when runner-up behind Anamoe in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m), going 16 lengths faster than standard that day.

The Futurity Stakes (1400m) is another key lead up and it was Sierra Sue that went 11.8 lengths faster than standard to claim the Caulfield Group 1 race on February 26. Tofane (3rd), I’m Thunderstruck (5th) and Steets Of Avalon (6th) come out of the Futurity.

Tofane won the Orr Stakes (1400m) at her start prior and seemed to have her chance in the Futurity. Hard to write off the multiple Group 1 winner but her track and distance credentials are questionable.

I’m Thunderstruck had excuses but has again drawn barrier 1. He improved 11 lengths on figures at his third run last winter to score over the 1400m here before going 17 lengths faster than standard when winning the Toorak Handicap (1600m) with a light weight later on. They are the best figures that any horse in this race has produced in the past two years.

Don’t mind the drop back in trip and the one week gap in between runs for Cascadian, who was 3rd in the Australian Cup last weekend. He went 10 lengths faster than standard and went more than 16 lengths faster than standard when runner-up in the Kennedy Cantala at the rack and trip in 2020. The Godolphin galloper is proven here and went 12 lengths faster than standard when 3rd in that race last year.


Putting my faith in Zaaki, who will strip fitter for this. He was entered for the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on the same day as the Blamey and came south in a bid to avoid the wet in Sydney. He should be ready for the 1600m this time. Wide draw is interesting and the pace should be a lot more genuine than what he experienced last time. But he does go well when the pace is on. Keen on a few for exotics and the three-year-olds in Captivant, Lightsaber and Pinstriped are worth a look, while Cascadian adds a bit of value to first four calculations.



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