Unlike most horse races in Australia The All Star Mile follows a completely unique set of rules for qualifying and where the race is run each year.
2023 All Star Mile Information
Date Of The All Star Mile: 18/3/23
Time Of The All Star Mile: TBA
Venue For The All Star Mile: Flemington/Caulfield/Moonee Valley Racecourses
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More Details About The All Star Mile
The most recent edition of the race was run at Caulfield Racecourse in 2020 and in 2021 will be run at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The All Star Mile is always run in Victoria.
The All Star Mile is one of the most recent races appointed to the horse racing calendar with the likes of The Golden Eagle the other major race to be added to the Racing NSW calendar. The All Star Mile is worth 5 Million dollars in prize money.
As mentioned above The All Star Mile is a unique race to Australia where the public gets to choose their runners for the race.
The public are given 4 weeks to vote for their runner and the top 10 runners when the leaderboard closes are given an automatic start in the race. To add to the excitement on the final weekend the scoreboard goes dark and runners aren’t confirmed until after the scoreboard closes.
Another element of the All Star Mile is where the race is held each year. Being a Racing Victoria produce the race is rotated between three tracks in Flemington Racecourse, Caulfield Racecourse and Moonee Valley Racecourse.
In its inaugural year the All Star was held at Flemington in 2019 and the racecourse will not host the race again until 2022.
To understand the concept of the race we look towards Japan and the Arima Kinen. The race was invented in 1956 and in 2007 raised to International Group 1 level. The race was designed to give punters a chance to pick their favourite horses to run in the race.
Voting for your runner has proved hugely popular for the Arima Kinen with over 1,000,000 votes being cast each year to select there runners.
Past winners of the Arima Kinen include Deep Impact who was rated as the worlds most valuable stallion before passing in July of 2019.
The Arima Kinen does follow a slightly different set of rules to the All Star Mile with runners completing over a mile and 4 ½ furlongs. It is also one of two all star races in Japan but is considered the world’s biggest betting race.
In 2019 local jockey Damian Lane became the first Australian Jockey to win the Arima Kinen when guiding Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux first past the post.
Racing Venues For The All Star Mile
The All Star Mile is the only horse race in Australia that is run at multiple locations. As the brainchild of Racing Victoria the world's richest mile race is run at three locations - Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.
Flemington racecourse is the headquarters of Racing Victoria and is a racecourse steeped in over 100 years of history. The home of the iconic Melbourne Cup Flemington is famed for its sprinting straight that stretches over 1200m and wide finishing bend that gives runners on and off pace every chance to win.
Caulfield is under the control of the Melbourne Racing Club and like Flemington has over 100 years of history. Famed for another $5m race in the Caulfield Cup the Melbourne metropolitan track is perfectly located for the All Star Mile.
Caulfield Racecourse unlike Flemington doesn’t have the long straight to host sprinting races and is more famed for prestigious middle and long distances races such as the Guineas and Caulfield Cup.
The final racecourse that takes part in the All Star Mile racecourse trifecta is Moonee Valley racecourse located in Melbourne’s west. The track like the race is completely unique with the tight bend leading into the home straight which is less than 200m in length.
Each track offers a completely different proposition to runners and adds a different dimension to each edition of the race.
Race History Of The All Star Mile
Having its inauguration just a few years ago the first All Star Mile was run in 2019 and won by Tasmanian runner Mystic Journey.
In the race Mystic Journey beat home a strong Godolphin pair of Hartnell and Alizee for the James Cummings stable. Alizee had been hot in betting but wasn’t able to weave through the field and Mystic Journey found the clear air early and managed to kick home.
Mystic Journey winning the inaugural All Star Mile was a fantastic advert for the race with the Tasmanian being purchased for just $11,000 at sale and after winning the race the ownership group took home a cheque for $2.25m in prize money.
The following year the race was dominated by Western Australians and the training team of Grant and Alana Williams.
Regal Power beat home stablemate Superstorm in a booming finish where the WA raider took the lead from long term leader Alligator Blood and kick clear in the final 100m. Alligator Blood was coming into the race off an impressive Magic Millions win but it was the Western Australia Quinella that took home the majority of the $5m prize money.
2022 All Star Mile Details, Results and Recap
The 2022 All Star Mile was won by the Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki. Zaaki was ridden to victory in the 2022 edition of the All Star Mile by Jamie Kah who won the race at Flemington Racecourse by an official margin of 1.5 lengths in a time of 1 minute and 36 seconds.
The Build Up To The All Star Mile 2022
The lead up to the 2022 All Star Mile was dominated by the Annabel Neasham trained import Zaaki and whether the 7 year old gelding could return to winning ways after finishing second in the Blamey Stakes just two weeks earlier.
Zaaki had dominated the Spring Racing Carnival winning a pair of Group 1 races and had been long time favourite for the leading weight for age contest in Australia, The Cox Plate, before he was withdrawn on the day of the race for an inflated temperature.
Among those looking to knock Zaaki off his pedestal was Golden Eagle winner I’m Thunderstruck. Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent jr had claimed in the lead up to the 2022 All Star Mile that if their 4 year old gelding could topple Zaaki then it would kick start a huge weight for age race campaign focusing on the Doncaster Mile and W.S. Cox Plate.
Also in the All Star Mile field was Inspirational Girl who had defeated Zaaki in the lead up to the 2022 All Star Mile. Tofane who came into the race have resurrected her career with multiple Group 1 victories in 2021 and Doncaster Mile winner Cascadian for the Godolphin stable.
However the punters only wanted to back one horse in the lead up to the 2022 All Star Mile and that was Zaaki. The joint top weight for the All Star Mile was backed from $2.70 into $2.40 at the jump with punters unphased by his under par performance in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes just two weeks prior.
Result and Final Placings for the 2022 All Star Mile
The result and final placings for the 2022 All Star Mile run on the 19th March 2022 at Flemington Racecourse over a distance of 1600m are as follows:
1st - 2. Zaaki (15) - 59kg - $2.40
2nd - 1. I’m Thunderstruck - 59kg - $8.50
3rd - 4. Streets Of Avalon - 59kg - $201.00
All Star Mile 2022 Race Recap
The 2022 All Star Mile was all about Zaaki and whether the 3 time Group 1 winner could overcome the horror barrier draw he had received on Tuesday and make all from gate 15 under the ride of Jamie Kah.
As the 2022 edition of The All Star MIle began the field jumped in an even line with Zaaki, Call Sign Mav and Lightsaber all pushing to the front and vying for a leading position early. Call Sign Mav would be allowed to lead with the other two sat off the leader.
With Call Sign Mav leading the field Zaaki was allowed to sit just outside the leader with Lightsaber moving onto the rail to take up third in front of Streets Of Avalon, Tofane and Icebath. There was little change in order until the field tracked into the final 600m of the race.
At the 600m marker Call Sign Mav continued to truck along in front with Zaaki sitting just off the leader. Behind them the likes of Inspirational Girl, Cascadian and Icebath tracked into the race looking to challenge approaching the home straight.
Entering the final 400m Zaaki peeled off Call Sign Mav and began to click through the gears to pull clear from the field with confidence under the ride of Jamie Kah. Streets Of Avalon began to follow in the slipstream of Zaaki but was no match for the 7 year old Mackinnon Stakes winner.
Zaaki was two lengths clear before I’m Thunderstruck got into the clear and ran on late but it was too little too late as Zaaki won the All Star Mile 2022 edition for Annabel Neasham and connections and win a hefty pay day from the $5m prize fund.
The All Star Mile is a fantastic concept that keep horse racing tips in Australia fresh and different from its 200 year roots in the country.
In recent years we have seen a significant influx of funding into NSW racing and the All Star Mile provides a competitive alternative for trainers and owners who want to compete in there home states.
The idea and logistics for the race are carefully thought out and gives Melbourne an excellent event to hang their hat on and celebrate during the Autumn racing carnival.
All Star Mile Past Winners