Big Money All-Star Mile Looks like Parade of Has Beens

The All-Star Mile heads the list of the racing action this weekend coming.

Four of the 14 runners are priced at $151 according to Sportsbet. Another carries a price of $126 and one is $101.

Eliminate those six and the pickings get fatter, but not by much.

The race reminds us of the NFL’s Pro Bowl, the all-star game that does not supply all-stars and is really not much of a game, either.

The idea of having racing fans vote on the field looked good on paper and some lucky horse, trainer, jockey, connections are going to make a nice haul.

Punters who make the right choice can make a little money on the race. The favourite is Alizee, a four-year-old mare prepared by James Cummings and ridden by Hugh Bowman.

A couple of the runners, five of them, are eight years of age or older.

There are a few true stars in the field, but the magnitude of those stars has dimmed. There is Happy Clapper ($5.50), Hartnell ($11) and Le Romain ($21). We’ll play Jeopardy! Here, with the category being Thoroughbred horses and the answer being, “These horses all share a common trait.”

The correct question would be, “All three have lost to Winx every try.”

There’s one we would like to see come up on the Daily Double.

Mystic Journey is on the second line at $3.80. This would seem to be the form horse, next to Alizee, as she is coming off five consecutive wins and has won nine from 12 starts, including the Group 1 Australian Guineas, same course and distance. She won the Group 2 Darley Classic and Moonee Valley in spring racing last year.

Rosehill racecourse is where all the big action is for Saturday. They have the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500 m) for fillies and mares, along with four Group 2 races and two Group 3s.

Racing Victoria might have a lemon on its hands with the All-Star Mile, but they deserve a nod for the innovation.

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