Crystal Mile 2020

Saturday October 24, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Crystal Mile is the perfect lead-up to the Kennedy Cantala on Derby Day

The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day in late October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. One of the season’s premier race days, the meeting is highlighted by the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) and features four Group 2 support acts.

Along with the Crystal Mile (1600m) the other Group 2s on the card are the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m), Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) and the Moonee Valley Vase (2040m). Offering $300,000 in total prize money the Crystal Mile is the ideal lead-up to the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) run at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day the following Saturday.

Formerly run as the Emirates Stakes seven days later, the Longines Mile was moved forward a week and gives the Crystal Mile graduates a quick back-up to handle if they are to complete the double last achieved by Turn Me Loose (2015) when the Longines Mile, now the Kennedy Cantala Mile for sponsorship purposes, ran as the Emirates Stakes.

The latest edition of the Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 24, 2020 as part of the bumper Cox Plate Day program and was won by Homesman. 

2020 Crystal Mile Results

The official Crystal Mile 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 24, 2020 .

  • 1st: #2 Homesman
  • 2nd: #6 Age Of Chivalry
  • 3rd: #1 King’s Will Dream

Homesman ($3.90) returned to winning form dominating the 2020 Crystal Mile results on Cox Plate Day ahead of the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg $3.90
2 6 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2L 3 59kg $3.20EF
3 2 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 3.25L 4 59kg $3.20EF
4 9 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 5.25L 5 58.5kg $12
5 5 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 9.5L 1 59kg $6
8 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Craig Williams 0
4 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 0
3 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 0
7 GALAXY RAIDER Grahame Begg William Pike 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Crystal Mile Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1982

Crystal Mile Odds & Betting

The Crystal Mile betting markets are released on the Wednesday of Cox Plate week following the final acceptances revealing the field. Crystal Mile odds are led by in-form spring milers with proven form over the distance (1600m) and those that have previous experience at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley track.

Sydney raiders have a top recent record in the race and the Epsom Handicap graduates from Randwick earlier in the month also sit high up the Crystal Mile betting odds each year.

Favourites have plenty of recent wins in the race with the last Crystal Mile winner to salute at double-figures in betting being French raider Chief Ironside ($26 in 2019).

2020 Crystal Mile Odds

The season’s best Crystal Mile 2020 betting odds and links to our markets on the Group 2 support act on Cox Plate Day will be detailed below once released so stay tuned for the top Crystal Mile prices this spring.


Crystal Mile Tips

Crystal Mile tips to take to the bookies during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival include looking at runners with a good record over the mile, proven Group 1 and 2 performers and any top three graduates out of lead-ups like the Toorak Handicap and Epsom Handicap.

Taking runners under $10 in betting is also a good Crystal Mile tip as favourites have at top record in the past decade and only a few horses have saluted at double-figures in the past decade.

2020 Crystal Mile Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Crystal Mile 2020 betting tips will be detailed in full below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the Kennedy Mile-bound milers to back and sack.

Crystal Mile Field

The Crystal Mile field attracts a line-up of the season’s best milers, many heading towards a run in either the new-look Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) the following weekend or the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) – now the Mackinnon Stakes – held on the last Saturday of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2015 Crystal Mile winner Turn Me Loose came off a Seymour Cup (1600m) win the week before and won the old Emirates Stakes (1600m) a fortnight later, the last horse able to score the double that has been made tougher by the latter moving forward a week and running as the Longines Mile a week after the Crystal Mile. From 2017 the Longines Mile has been known as the Kennedy Mile, but remains a target for horses out of the Crystal Mile field.

Another possible lead-up to the Crystal Mile is the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield earlier in the month, the winner of which Lucky Hussler ran third in the 2015 Crystal Mile next race. In 2012 Solzhenitsyn also won the Toorak Handicap before a Crystal Mile second.

Crystal Mile betting tips online - Ladbrokes.com.au

Crystal Mile winner Turn Me Loose (2015) went on to win the Group 1 mile feature on Victoria Derby Day (now the Kennedy Mile). Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The 2014 Crystal Mile winner Hooked came off a third in Sydney’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) from the start of October. That year’s Crystal Mile runner-up Bull Point was also an Epsom graduate (6th), while Desert Jeuney ran third in the Toorak Handicap and Crystal Mile. The Epsom Handicap form also stacked up in 2013 when the third placed Toydini won the Crystal Mile next start. That year’s Crystal Mile runner-up Speediness backed-up to finish third to Boban in the 2013 Emirates Stakes.

Crystal Mile nominations close the Monday before the race takes place that Saturday followed by the release of the final field and barriers on the Wednesday.

2020 Crystal Mile Field

The official Crystal Mile 2020 Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of Cox Plate week and will be detailed in full below, so stay tuned to see what milers make the Group 2 field this spring.

The 2020 Crystal Mile field features nine hopefuls and it looks an open race with markets led by the returning Homesman, 11th in the Cox Plate on this day last year, down in grade.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x1260x70x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg 108
2 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 7 59kg 108
3 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 5 59kg 103
4 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 59kg 108
5 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 1 59kg 102
6 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 59kg 100
7 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER Grahame Begg William Pike 4 59kg 95
8 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Craig Williams 6 59kg 102
9 32x121x591 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 9 58.5kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Crystal Mile Form Guide

The Crystal Mile form guide shows all the relevant information and statistics for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs.

Looking at the form it is important to find runners with a good record at the distance (1600m), and the Epsom Handicap has been the best Crystal Mile form line to follow in the past decade producing a host of winners and placegetters in the Melbourne Group 2 on Cox Plate Day.

2020 Crystal Mile Form Guide

A link to our exclusive Crystal Mile 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Crystal Mile Results

The Crystal Mile results have been dominated by Group 1 performers and those under $10 in betting over the past decade or so.

Notable recent Crystal Mile winners include Turn Me Loose (2015), Hooked (2014), Silent Achiever (2012) and Rangirangdoo (2009). The last back-to-back Crystal Mile champion was Weasel Will (2000-2001).

Crystal Mile Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Homesman Age Of Chivalry King’s Will Dream 1:38.4
2019 Chief Ironside Cliff’s Edge Best Of Days 1:35.4
2018 Cliff’s Edge Prized Icon Duca Valentinois 1:35.9
2017 Lucky Hussler Religify It’s Somewhat 1:34.5
2016 The United States Lidari Ulmann 1:39.7
2015 Turn Me Loose Bow Creek Lucky Hussler 1:35.0
2014 Hooked Bull Point Desert Jeuney 1:34.9
2013 Toydini Speediness Sacred Falls 1:36.0
2012 Silent Achiever Rangirangdoo Solzhenitsyn 1:35.6
2011 Testa My Patience Hawks Bay He’s Remarkable 1:36.7
2010 Sound Journey Trader Drumbeats 1:36.7
2009 Rangirangdoo Sound Of Nature All American 1:34.9
2008 Sea Battle Conquering Orange County 1:36.3
2007 Sonic Quest Orange County Tears I Cry 1.35.9
2006 Flash Trick New Edge Rockford Bay 1:37.2
2005 Niconero Cargo Cult Miss Potential 1:39.4
2004 Lad Of The Manor Lord Mick Sir Dex 1:37.0
2003 Rosina Lad Walk On Air Archave 1:38.3
2002 Royal Code Weasel Will Excellerator 1:36.5
2001 Weasel Will Le Zagaletta Typhoon 1:37.3
2000 Weasel Will Le Zagaletta Czar Hero 1:38.7