All Star Mile Set To Undergo Changes
Caulfield Racecourse will host the 2024 All Star Mile on March 16th after the racecourse was skipped this year due to track maintenance.
The changes to the race selection format after trainers claimed they would like more certainty around starting in the $4m feature with the public voting system not giving assurances of a start in the race when scratchings are included.
Giving trainers and connections more certainty in the race has also meant that the Australian Cup would be moved to two weeks after the All Star Mile and create the chance to win $7m in prize money for some runners.
The removal of the public vote has meant that Racing Victoria have created more specific chances to qualify for the race through a win and you’re in system, with a number of races being elevated to qualifying races for the $4m mile race.
Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes will be runners first chance to qualify for the All Star Mile with RV confirming they had also established a deal with New Zealand Racing to elevate the $NZ 1.5 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) and the inaugural $NZ1 million Aotearoa Classic (1600m) as qualify races on January 27th.
The Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in February will offer All-Star Mile berths to the winners as will the Group 1 Australian Guineas and Group 2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington on March 2nd.
The final qualifying race will be announced later in the year with the number of Wild Card places also set to be revealed at a later date as well.
Despite the removal of fan voting RV General Manager Matt Welsh said there would be plenty of other chances to get involved through media promotions and engagement opportunities.
"Each year we review the All-Star Mile to ensure it is delivering on its key objectives," Welsh said.
"We're revamping the 2024 All-Star Mile to provide greater certainty for connections, reduce frustrations around the changing composition of the field and simplify engagement for fans.
"The new mixture of 'Win and You're In' races and wildcard selections provides greater flexibility in field selection, whilst ensuring we retain intrigue arounds its composition.
"Fans will still have a say in shaping the field with some input to be sought into wildcard spots through polls and engagement via our digital platforms and broadcast partners."