All-Star Mile Potentially No-Star Mile as Voters Stay Away in Droves
The All-Star Mile does not lack for coverage, of that you can be certain.
For one, it seems as though the majority of the voting is coming from Victorians who could make the rich race an exclusive Victorian affair.
For another, the connections of Sword Of Justice, urged voters to cease voting for Urban Ruler. Urban Ruler was the top vote getter for a period, until The Autumn Sun rose to the lead, even though it seems as though the Chris Waller trained three-year-old colt will not participate in the All-Star Mile, as Waller seems to have decided that his bunk in Winx’s stall is all the further he wants to be from Randwick or Rosehill.
The Autumn Sun won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, so he is no stranger to southern racing, by 4.5 lengths. He has done nothing by trial since.
Urban Ruler, meanwhile, was beaten badly in the Cascade Open Handicap at Doomben recently; to the degree, that Chris Munce’s five-year-old should not be the ruler of anything.
The All-Star Mile has not attracted the hoped-for fan support. Mystic Journey, winner the weekend past at Hobart in the Magic Million Thomas Lyons Listed race, is 15th in the voting, but she has received just over 2,000 votes.
The All-Star Mile concept sounded good at its inception, but adorable kittens playing with dead crickets on YouTube would get more subscribers.
There is about a week remaining for voting and the racing fans from states other than Victoria have been voting with their feet, as in, walking the other direction.
The top 10 in the voting so far feature six horses from Victoria. Of the top 50, 33 are Victoria based. Urban Ruler has gone north, but is in all other ways Victorian. The Autumn Sun, Material man and Balf’s Choice are the only horses from beyond the borders of Victoria.
Makes us wonder if they race will be switched to the MCG.