Kennedy Champions Mile Tips & Preview 2022

Kennedy Champions Mile Tips & Preview


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



It is the Nature Strip Stakes (1300m) winner, Private Eye, that heads the market with ladbrokes at the $3.10 quote ahead of My Oberon, who is at $4.20. The 2020 runner-up in this race, Cascadian, is a third elect at $5.50.

Alligator Blood ($6) and Mr Brighside ($8.50) drop back in trip from the Cox Plate and are under single figures, as is the Toorak Handicap (1600m) winner, Tuvalu, at the $12. Aegon heads the rest at the $34.



Plenty of varying formlines here with some gallopers up in trip, while others drop back and we have a few that come down from Sydney.

Private Eye has won in both Melbourne and Sydney this preparation and has picked up two from three, while he was runner-up in the Everest (1200m) in the other. The Jo Pride-trained galloper scored well at Flemington over the 1200m to kick off his preparation and was strong on Saturday at Rosehill in the Nature Strip Stakes, going 8.4 lengths faster than standard to defeat Mazu,

He went 12 lengths faster than standard when winning over the 1200m here to kick off his preparation. Form over the 1600m reads as two wins from three starts. His failure came on Heavy going in the Doncaster Mile earlier this year. But he rocketed home when fourth up last spring to claim the Epsom Handicap, going 13 lengths faster than standard.

My Oberon made a huge impression at his Australian debut, going a very healthy 16.8 lengths faster than standard when taking out the Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day ahead of the Champions Stakes (2000m) bound, Bankers Choice. They are the best figures that any horse has produced in the past two years.

Tuvalu was not far away when going 14.6 lengths faster than standard to take out the Toorak Handicap (1600m). I Wish I Win was 4th in that race and has since gone on the claim the $10 million Golden Eagle (1500m). Tuvalu is yet to finish out of the top three in 13 starts and has won his last two over the 1600m at headquarters, going more that 11.5 lengths faster than standard in both.

The two runners that come out of the Cox Plate are Alligator Blood and Mr Brightside. That form must be respected and the pair landed ahead of the eventual Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner, Gold Trip, in the Cox Plate.

Alligator Blood settled handy before just fading late to finish 5th, beaten only two lengths by Anamoe. Mr Brightside settled back before running 7th. Alligator Blood went 10.6 lengths faster than standard. He has been up for a while but it is worth noting that his peak figure from this preparation came over the 1600m at Flemington when going 14.5 lengths faster than standard when runner-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Cascadian keeps on keeping on and has gone more that 10 lengths faster than standard at his past three runs. He was five lengths away in the Maybe Diva but does take a couple of runs to get going and has been too good for them at his past couple in Sydney.

Hard to make a case for some of the others. Kiss Sum will need to produce a personal best, while Sinawann, Dalasan and Kolding haven’t quite been there of late. Aegon is a last start Moonga Stakes (1400m) winner and is in the mix after going 10.7 lengths faster than standard that day but previous form was below par.



My Oberon could not have been any more impressive after winning the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley at his first go in Australia and must be respected on that effort. Slight query over those that he beat but he did produce huge figures. Monitor betting. But for me, Alligator Blood is the one over the 1600m at Flemington. He tends to save his best for the track and trip and was an Australian Guineas winner here as a three-year-old before producing a big effort to nearly knock over I’m Thunderstruck in the Maybe Diva earlier this spring, running good time in the process. Pace doesn’t look too taxing in this ace and he can give a great sight.