MUGATOO WINS GROUP 1 ALL STAR MILE

Hugh Bowman steered Kris Lees trained import Mugatoo to All Star Mile Victory at the Valley on Saturday when he defeated Russian Camelot in a thrilling finish to win the worlds richest mile race

Betting was turned on its head before the race even jumped when Racing Victoria Stewards withdrew Arcadia Queen from the start of the race due to continuing foot issues for the Group 1 winner. 

Arcadia Queens withdrawal meant that Fifty Stars got a late call up from the bench to fill the final spot for the $5m feature race. 

The race itself saw South Australian Behemoth lead nearly all the way in the race before being overpowered by Russian Camelot for Danny O’Brien and Mugatoo for Lees. The pair pulled away in the straight and set down to battle out the finish.

Round the bend Mugatoo looked to have plenty in the tank and was itching for a run and when the split came in front Bowman let down and pulled clear. Not to be out done Russian Camelot made a huge late charge down the outside but it was too little to late as Mugatoo got home and claim his biggest victory to date. 

Sent out third Favourite in betting at $8 Mugatoo’s connections would have been loving the price available after half way through the race card they saw race conditions favour the import when the track was downgraded from a Good 3 to a Soft 7. 

All the way through the race the Lees runner looking to be banging on the door and the Cox Plateplacegetter proved to be too good for the All Star field.

Race favourite after Arcadia Queens withdrawal, Probabeel was sent out $3.50 for the race and concerns were raised about how the mare would go in the wetter conditions. There concerns were real when the Kiwi mare didn’t handle the going at all and finished a disappointing 12th.

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