Whilst racing fans in Sydney will be treated to a feast of feature racing on Saturday, it’s not all doom and gloom for Melbournians, with the fifth running of the $5m All Star Mile, this year to be run at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The 1600m weight-...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the All Star Mile:
|Date||Saturday, 18th March, 2023|
|Racecourse||Moonee Valley Racecourse, VIC, Australia|
|Grade||Not a Group 1|
The All Star Mile is a unique race in Australian racing based on Japan’s fan voted Arima Kinen which was first run back in 1956. Initiated by Racing Victoria in 2019, the All Star Mile is conducted on a rotation basis around the three premier tracks in Melbourne (Flemington, Caulfield & The Valley). The race is run under weight-for-age (with special conditions) over the 1600m.
The concept of the race is that horses will be entered then it is over to the public who will vote for their favourite horses to take place in the final field for the chance at the $5 million in prizemoney. The beauty of the concept is that talent is not the key criteria to selection for the race and that creates unique stories with “country class” gallopers able to compete against the very best milers the country can offer.
The inaugural All Star Mile was conducted at Flemington in 2019 and set up a class field but it was a small three-year-old filly from Tasmania that conquered the might of Godolphin when Mystic Journey finished too well to beat Group 1 winners in Hartnell and Alizee.
The following years have seen the All Star Mile move to Caulfield (2020) where West Australia triumphed with Bob Peters taking out the quinella when William Pike steered a passage for Regal Power to win from the back, beating stablemate Superstorm and multiple New Zealand Group 1 winning mare Melody Belle.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees went to The Valley in 2021 with his gelding Mugatoo full of confidence he would get around the tight circuit after his outstanding run in the W.S. Cox Plate during the previous Spring. Hugh Bowman took the ride and he finished perfectly, beating Russian Camelot and Behemoth in what was a class race that featured The Harrovian who had been staring up in the Cairns area.
In 2022, the race was back at Flemington, and saw Zaaki cross the line first. Caulfield Racecourse will not host the All Star Mile in 2023, as it undergoes 6 months of renovation, instead the 2023 edition will take place at Moonee Valley.
The All Star Mile is a major Australian race that brings some of the best horses to Moonee Valley Racecourse (in 2023) and it also attracts the attention of many Aussies who enjoy having a casual punt. Our expert racing tipsters will put together a short list of All Star Mile tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 All Star Mile, it is hard to provide any updates right now. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival heats up and we get closer to race day, the horses targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with the updates you’ve been searching for.
If you are looking for All Star Mile horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with extra confidence!
We will list The Sharks’ All Star Mile best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the All Star Mile in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the All Star Mile is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 All Star Mile.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
Winning an All Star Mile trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.
All Star Mile Trifecta Tip 1
Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at stats into runners you think may have a shot at the All Star Mile trifecta.
All Star Mile Trifecta Tip 2
If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a All Star Mile form guide – bookies like Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.
All Star Mile Trifecta Tip 3
Consider placing a box trifecta rather than a straight trifecta. A box trifecta covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a little extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a All Star Mile trifecta by a massive amount.
Where to Place an All Star Mile Trifecta?
You’re able to place an All Star Mile trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.
Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place an All Star Mile trifecta from your living room! Online bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing an All Star Mile trifecta.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the All Star Mile. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous All Star Mile Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
With the concept of alternating to different tracks each year and fresh votes being taken from the public to decide the fields, previous runnings of the All Star Mile have not been all that good of a guide to finding the winner the following year.
In fact, all four runnings of the All Star Mile have produced different winners and different placegetters in results. With a voting system it is not the quality of the horse that decides whether they will take place in the race but more his/hers popularity with the racing public.
One thing that has been apparent in the four runnings of the All Star Mile is that class has risen to the top with all three runnings being won by previous Group winning stars of the turf. We’re sure as the concept grows that classic milers will target this race in the Autumn and that previous runnings will provide a better guide for following years.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the All Star Mile?
In the three runnings of the All Star Mile the winner has been a class runner. The inaugural running in 2019 saw the “Queen of Tasmanian Racing” in Mystic Journey sent out the favourite at the nice odds of $3.60 and she duly saluted with a big finish over the last 200m of the famous Flemington straight. The third favourite Alizee ($4.20) finished in the minor placing.
The Caulfield Guineas placegetter and Queensland star Alligator Blood was a short priced favourite in the second running of the All Star Mile at $2.80 but he was found out over the 1600m and disappointed punters. The race was quinella-ed by the West Australian pair in Regal Power and Superstorm who started $11 and $15 respectively.
Probabeel started a $3.50 favourite in the 2021 renewal after a decisive Group 1 Futurity Stakes win at previous start but she was “all at sea” around The Valley and disappointed, finishing in 12th position. The winner Mugatoo was third favourite at $8 and beat the second favourite Russian Camelot who was sent out at $4.20.
The favourite got the chocolates in the 2022 edition of the All Star Mile, as Zaaki proved too good for the rest of the field, and was sent out at odds of $3.40.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
There is one clear formline from lead up races for the first four runnings of the All Star Mile and that is that winners have won or been competitive leading into the Mile.
Mystic Journey was in devastating form leading into her All Star Mile win. She had won a couple of Stakes races to begin her prep back home in Tasmania then jumped on the boat and came across Bass Strait and was dominant in the Group 1 Australian Guineas then backed up two weeks later and won the Mile.
Regal Power won his All Star Mile third-up from a spell. He had taken on the Group 2 Peter Young over 1800m first-up then was runner up to Fifty Stars in the Australian Cup (2000m) before switching back to the All Star Mile where his fitness proved superior and he finished too well to win.
Mugatoo had a strong hit out first-up in the Group 2 Apollo in Sydney before coming south and winning this race second-up from a spell in what was a great training effort. While the 2022 winner, Zaaki, was a solid 2nd in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes.
Mystic Journey was a start three-year-old filly who took on the older horses with a nice weight advantage in 2019 and that proved the winning formula. Since Mystic Journey won only one three-year-old has competed in the All Star Mile (Flit 14th in 2020).
The next couple of years have seen a couple of experienced geldings with Regal Power winning as a four-year-old, the import Mugatoo winning as a six-year-old and the 2022 winner, Zaaki, 7 year’s of age.
With the weight scale for future All Star Mile, it points to a quality three-year-old getting the advantage against the older horses but in these class races, experience of the older seasoned gallopers can never be dismissed.
The standard weight-for-age scale is the proven leveller for horses of all ages and gender. It usually points to the best performed horse in the race being given the best chance to beat their rivals.
As Mystic Journey proved in the inaugural running of this race, a good quality three-year-old does have a weight advantage but it takes a star younger horse to take on the older brigade and beat them especially at the mile.
Mystic Journey won the All Star Mile as a three-year-old filly which will be hard to replicate in coming additions. Geldings have won the next three renewals and this race appeals to seasoned geldings as the race is yet to have any “black type status” and does not appeal to breeders as much as Group races at this stage.
Our All Star Mile best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!
Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on the All Star Mile:
|Bet Type||How to Place This Type of Bet|
|Win Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2023 All Star Mile.|
|Place Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2023 All Star Mile. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer.|
|Each-Way Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will win the All Star Mile, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the win and the place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the place pay-out.|
|Quinella Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in the All Star Mile.|
|Exacta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the All Star Mile.|
|Trifecta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the All Star Mile.|
|First Four||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the All Star Mile.|
|Quaddie||Place a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the All Star Mile to place a quaddie.|
Long before the All Star Mile field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for all your All Star Mile betting needs. This is an ideal time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on excellent contenders for the 2023 All Star Mile at double-digit odds.
Once the bookies release the 2023 All Star Mile odds, they are known to fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a clearer idea of which horses will be targeting the race, as well as their form leading into the race.
If you choose to punt early on these markets, you may find a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a significantly better return on investment. However, there is also increased risk with doing this and you should be aware.
Depending on when you place your futures bet on the 2023 All Star Mile, your horse may not even run but you also won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse ends up not running in the race.
We unfortunately don’t have the odds for the 2023 All Star Mile. But remember to check back later, as when the odds are available we will list them below.
With the voting closed, it was time to see what the most popular horses were made of in the 2022 All Star Mile. A big field of 15 runners have been chosen to contest the All Star Mile, and as the name suggests, there were a few true “all stars” in the mix.
In total there were four runners under double digit odds. Starting off with the favourite, Zaaki, who had odds of $3.40. Zaaki had just come 2nd in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes, and has a proven success at Group 1 level, with his last Group 1 win coming in November 2021, when he won the Mackinnon Stakes.
On the next line of betting was Inspirational Girl and Pinstriped, at $6.00. Inspirational Girl was coming off a win at the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (beating the favourite in this race), and has won at Group 1 level before. Pinstriped finished a respectable 5th in the Group 1 Australian Guineas, and before that he won the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes.
The final runner under double digit odds was I’m Thunderstruck, who while hadn’t placed in anything yet so far this year, did take out the Golden Eagle in 2021, along with the Toorak Handicap in October.
With the 2023 All Star Mile field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Zaaki:
|1. I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) (59kg)||1||Jye McNeil||M Price & M Kent (Jnr)|
|2. ZAAKI (GB) (59kg)||15||Jamie Kah||Annabel Neasham|
|3. CASCADIAN (GB) (59kg)||6||Damien Oliver||James Cummings|
|4. STREETS OF AVALON (59kg)||3||Zac Spain||Shane Nichols|
|5. LUNAR FOX (59kg)||14||Craig Newitt||Paul Preusker|
|6. KING MAGNUS (59kg)||5||Lachlan King||R Griffiths & M de Kock|
|7. CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) (59kg)||10||Ben Allen||Danny O’Brien|
|8. MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) (59kg)||2||Craig Williams||B & JD Hayes|
|9. ICEBATH (NZ) (57kg)||9||Fred Kersley||Brad Widdup|
|10. TOFANE (NZ) (57kg)||7||Jamie Mott||Michael Moroney|
|11. SIERRA SUE (NZ) (57kg)||13||John Allen||T Busuttin & N Young|
|12. INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) (57kg)||4||Damian Lane||Danny O’Brien|
|13. CAPTIVANT (56kg)||11||Patrick Moloney||P & P Snowden|
|14. LIGHTSABER (56kg)||12||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody|
|15. PINSTRIPED (56kg)||8||Michael Dee||Enver Jusufovic|
With the unique nature of the All Star Mile, the race alternates between the three main tracks in Victoria (Flemington, Caulfield & The Valley) thus creating a different importance on barriers for each racecourse. The 2023 All Star Mile will be conducted around the 1600m of Moonee Valley and the track design usually give all runners their chance.
The 1600m can be a tricky start at The Valley and definitely an advantage for those horses drawn back inside who do not have to do all that much work early and can find a position.
In the 2022 edition of the race (which was at Flemington), Zaaki won and was able to do so from the widest barrier of them all, 15.
It was a quality race with a number of runners already proven at Group 1 level, including that of the 2022 favourite, Zaaki, who was sent out at odds of $3.40. Zaaki saluted the punters, and got the job done, winning by 1.5L. He pretty much had the race in the bag from a long way out, as he was 2nd at the 800m mark, and 1st at the 400m mark. Zaaki was able to overcome the widest barrier to get the win.
I’m Thunderstruck was next to cross the line, and the 4YO was in the inside draw (barrier 1). He was 9th at both the 800m and 400m mark, but didn’t have enough speed to chase down Zaaki towards the end of the race.
If you managed to get the trifecta, you would have been in for a massive payday, as Streets Of Avalon crossed the line in 3rd place, and had odds of $91 before the race. Jockey Zac Spain put in a peach of a race to get Streets Of Avalon just 2.25L off the leader.
Rounding out the top 4 was Mr Brightside, who finished 3.5L back from Zaaki. Mr Brightside started from barrier 2, and was sent out at odds of $18. He managed to make up a lot of ground, being back in 10th at the 400m mark, but in the end it was just a bridge too far for the 4YO.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 All Star Mile race:
Here are the results from the All Star Mile in 2022:
|1st||2. ZAAKI (GB) (59kg)||Jamie Kah||–|
|2nd||1. I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) (59kg)||Jye McNeil||1.5L|
|3rd||4. STREETS OF AVALON (59kg)||Zac Spain||2.25L|
|4th||8. MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) (59kg)||Craig Williams||3.5L|
|5th||3. CASCADIAN (GB) (59kg)||Damien Oliver||3.7L|
|6th||12. INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) (57kg)||Damian Lane||4.45L|
|7th||11. SIERRA SUE (NZ) (57kg)||John Allen||4.55L|
|8th||10. TOFANE (NZ) (57kg)||Jamie Mott||5.3L|
|9th||9. ICEBATH (NZ) (57kg)||Fred Kersley||5.5L|
|10th||15. PINSTRIPED (56kg)||Michael Dee||5.6L|
|11th||7. CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) (59kg)||Ben Allen||6.1L|
|12th||6. KING MAGNUS (59kg)||Lachlan King||7.85L|
|13th||13. CAPTIVANT (56kg)||Patrick Moloney||11.35L|
|14th||14. LIGHTSABER (56kg)||Luke Nolen||12.35L|
|15th||5. LUNAR FOX (59kg)||Craig Newitt||13.85L|
The results for the upcoming All Star Mile are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2022||Zaaki||I’m Thunderstruck||Streets Of Avalon|
|2020||Regal Power||Superstorm||Melody Belle|
The interesting fact about winning riders in this race is that a Victorian based rider is yet to win a race created by Racing Victoria, until 2022 when Jamie Kah got the win onboard Zaaki. Unheralded Anthony Darmanin had his richest day in the saddle when he crossed Bass Strait and partnered Mystic Journey to win the inaugural running in 2019. William Pike and Team Bob Peters crossed the Nullarbor with his honest gelding Regal Power and took on the All Star mile with success in 2020.
Hugh Bowman had won four Cox Plates at The Valley with the mighty mare Winx and he had another big payday when he guided Mugatoo off heels from the corner and gained the prize last season.
As was already mentioned it was female jockey, Jamie Kah, that proved too good on the favourite, Zaaki, in the 2022 edition of the All Star Mile.
While the 2023 All Star Mile jockeys are yet to be decided, know that the best that Australia has to offer will be there on the big day. If you are interested in a little history, have a look at the table below, which outlines all the winning jockeys over the past few years:
|2020||Regal Power||William Pike|
|2019||Mystic Journey||Anthony Darmanin|
Tasmanian racing royalty in the Trinder family triumphed with their filly back in 2019 and took the trophy back across Bass Strait.
Grant & Alana Williams became the first partnership to win the All Star Mile and the first to quinella the race in 2020 with Regal Power and Superstorm at Caulfield. The trophy again went interstate and over to Western Australia.
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees made the trip with his gelding Mugatoo and won at The Valley last season. Victorian trainers will be keen to share in the big prizemoney and expect they will be targeting the 2022 edition.
Sydney trainer Annabel Neasham, formed an all female partnership with jockey Jamie Kah, and got the victory in the 2022 All Star Mile, when the favourite, Zaaki, proved too good for the rest of the field.
While the All Star Mile trainers for 2023 are yet to be released, we will update you with all of the news as it comes to hand. In the meantime, take a look back at some of the previous trainers to win the All Star Mile:
|2020||Regal Power||G & A Williams|
|2019||Mystic Journey||Adam Trinder|