The Crystal Mile is a $300,000 Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Victoria. It is raced over 1600m and in 2020 will be held on Saturday, October 24, the same day as the Group 1 Cox Plate.
Chief Ironside claimed a thrilling win in the 2019 edition of the Crystal Mile, stopping Cliff’s Edge from going back-to-back in the race. After winning, Chief Ironside raced in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala, however, finished toward the back of the field.
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In 1982, Getting Closer won the first edition of the Crystal Mile but back then it was only classed as a Listed race. A number of notable horses have claimed victory over the years, including Holy Roller, Silent Achiever and Lucky Hussler.
Only one horse has ever won the Crystal Mile in consecutive years. Weasel Will claimed victory in 2000 and then again in 2001.
Before he was banned from the sport, Darren Weir had experienced decent success in the Crystal Mile. He trained two winners over the last three years, first with Lucky Hussler and then Cliff’s Edge.
2019 winner Chief Ironside ran 1:35.46 to win the Crystal Mile, however, fell short of the best time the race has seen over the last 20 years. That honour belongs to Lucky Hussler, who in 2017 clocked 1:34.56 to win.
2020 Crystal Mile Field & Odds
|1||Homesman (2)J: Ben Melham 59kg T: A & S Freedman||$4.80||$1.80||Bet Now|
|2||Kings Will Dream (7)J: Michael Rodd 59kg T: C J Waller||$5.00||$1.85||Bet Now|
|3||Streets Of Avalon (5)J: Zac Spain 59kg T: S P Nichols||$17.00||$4.20||Bet Now|
|4||Olmedo (8)J: James Mcdonald 59kg T: C J Waller||$6.50||$2.20||Bet Now|
|5||Dr Drill (1)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 59kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$9.00||$2.60||Bet Now|
|6||Age Of Chivalry (3)J: Damian Lane 59kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra||$5.00||$1.85||Bet Now|
|7||Galaxy Raider (4)J: William Pike 59kg T: G M Begg||$19.00||$4.50||Bet Now|
|8||Chief Ironside (6)J: Craig Williams 59kg T: K A Lees||$6.00||$2.15||Bet Now|
|9||Riddle Me That (9)J: Daniel Stackhouse 58.5kg T: M M Laurie||$12.00||$3.40||Bet Now|
CRYSTAL MILE WINNERS
2019 – Chief Ironside (1:35.46)
2018 – Cliff’s Edge (1:35.99)
2017 – Lucky Hussler (1:34.56)
2016 – The United States (1:39.79)
2015 – Turn Me Loose (1:35.02)
2014 – Hooked (1:34.98)
2013 – Toydini (1:36.04)
2012 – Silent Achiever (1:35.60)
2011 – Testa My Patience (1:36.74)
2010 – Sound Journey (1:36.71)