The top ten in voting for the All Star Mile were locked in on Wednesday morning but not before late drama as it was announced that Group 1 Winner Probabeel would be retired immediately following injury.
As a result of the retirement of the Kiwi mare, King Magnus was able to sneak inside the top 10 and pick up the final slot on the ticket for the richest mile race on turf.
At the top of the voting chart Verry Elleegant polled most votes for the race followed by I’m Thunderstruck, Zaaki and Regalo Di Gaetano. Probabeel had polled in fifth place but after confirmation of her retirement it meant all runners moved up one place in the order.
RV executive general manager racing Greg Carpenter was saddened by the career-ending setback to Probabeel, a four-time Group 1 winner.
“The unfortunate withdrawal of Probabeel has paved the way for the 11th placed votegetter King Magnus to win a last-minute call-up under the conditions of the race,” Carpenter said.
“Given the events of today, it will certainly be a fairytale for his trainers Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock and their large group of owners if King Magnus can prevail at Flemington on 19 March.
“There is no doubting the quality of the first 10 All-Stars, who between them have won 16 Group 1 races and captured the hearts of the public.”
The remaining six runners to contest the race include Mr Brightside, Behemoth, Espiona, Elephant, Lighthouse and King Magnus.