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 23, 2021 as part of the bumper Cox Plate Day program and was won by Just Folk at 14/1.
2021 Crystal Mile Results
The official Crystal Mile 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 23, 2021.
- 1st: #7 Just Folk ($15)
- 2nd: #2 Begood Toya Mother
- 3rd: #5 Elephant
Just Folk ($15) from the Bendigo stables of Josh Julius stepped up in grade and was too strong late holding off Group 1 winner Begood Toya Mother ($19) with odds-on favourite Elephant ($1.90) third off a gun John Allen ride in the Crystal Mile 2021 results.
Crystal Mile Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1982
Crystal Mile 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).
2021 Crystal Mile Odds
The season’s best Crystal Mile 2021 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.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Crystal Mile will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
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.
2021 Crystal Mile Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Crystal Mile 2021 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.
- To Win: #8 Rhinoceros ($8 at time of publish)
With Buffalo River coming out, the light-weight Rhinoceros in excellent form looks great value to win the Crystal Mile. The three-year-old from New Zealand has won back-to-back races in Melbourne leading up to this Group 2 test including one at The Valley. He carried a hefty 60kg over the Caulfield mile to a narrow victory last time out, so is proven at the distance. Comes right back to just 51kg in a small field and will be flying.
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 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.
2021 Crystal Mile Field
The official Crystal Mile 2021 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 2021 Crystal Mile field features a quality line-up of potential Group 1 Kennedy Cantala-bound gallopers including the favourite Elephant from New Zealand looking to atone for an eighth in the Toorak last time out.
- Scratched: #4 Buffalo River (1); #6 Second Slip (8); #8 Embolism (6)
2021 Crystal Mile Nominations
The early Crystal Mile 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday before the event and will be updated here once confirmed by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC).
||BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER
||BEST OF DAYS (GB)
||BUFFALO RIVER (USA)
||Emma-Lee & David Browne
||HO HO KHAN (NZ)
||KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN)
||Emma-Lee & David Browne
||RIDDLE ME THAT
||SECOND SLIP (NZ)
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.
The Crystal Mile form has stacked-up in better races many times over the years including when the 2020 winner Homesman went on to win the following autumn’s Group 1 Australian Cup.
2021 Crystal Mile Form Guide
A link to our exclusive Crystal Mile 2021 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 Homesman (2020), 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
||Begood Toya Mother
||Age Of Chivalry
||King’s Will Dream
||Best Of Days
||The United States
||Turn Me Loose
||Testa My Patience
||Sound Of Nature
||Tears I Cry
||Lad Of The Manor
||Walk On Air