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.
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 Group 1s 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.
How Does The All Star Mile Work
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 ride 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.
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.
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