2019 All-Star Mile Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:40pm

Lexus Melbourne Cup Trophy Tour (1200m)

Just Hifalutin relishes racing down the Flemington straight and is rock-hard fit for her appearance at HQ on Saturday. The Reset mare stormed home to score here second-up this time before weathering a tough run for fifth in the Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield. This is a step back in class and she’ll be given every opportunity in what is a reasonably small field.

2 Units Just Hifalutin

Race 2 - 1:20pm

Autumn Trophy

Jumbo Ozaki faces a step up in class into this race, but he is yet to taste anything but success during his short racing career so far. The Unencumbered gelding stamped himself as a horse to follow when he recorded a seven-length win at Pakenham on debut, before repeating the effort in a BM64 race at Bendigo last time out. He’ll go straight to the lead from barrier 3 and will give them something to chase.

Blinder resumes from a let-up and recorded several pleasing results in summer. The Snitzel colt was a smart winner in decent company over this trip at Caulfield before finishing second behind O’Tauto here last time out. I’m happy to take on the favourite and as long as he doesn’t spot Jumbo Ozaki a big start, I think that Blinder the horse to do it.

1.5 Units Blinder

Race 3 - 1:55pm

Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m)

Pelican has recorded two wins from three career starts so far and looks well placed to take a successful step back into black type company in the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes. The daughter of Fastnet Rock returned from a break to finish a credible sixth in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies, before mustering an impressive performance to win at The Valley last time out. The only query is that she hasn’t been tested down the straight, but she does look a touch of overs at her current price.

1 Unit Pelican

Race 4 - 2:35pm

Furphy Ale Trophy (1100m)

Schilldora will appreciate a step back in class into this race and looms as the one to beat. The Artie Schiller filly was an impressive winner in BM70 company at Morphettville two starts back before mustering a decent turn of foot to finish fourth in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy at The Valley last time out. She’s rock-hard fit for this run at set weights.

3 Units Schilldora

Race 5 - 3:15pm

Grand Classic Final (2000m)

The first capacity field on All-Star Mile Day but it does look like Supernova’s race to lose (should Alessandro accept at The Valley). Supernova debuted in Australia with an excellent late effort to finish second behind Sondelon at Rosehill and will carry wholesale improvement into this race. There is no doubt that the increase in trip will suit and he has form around some excellent horses in Europe. He doe have to contend with a wide barrier but will settle off the pace regardless.

2 Units Supernova

Race 6 - 3:50pm

Grand Mile Final (1600m)

This looks like being one of the more open races on All-Star Mile Day and at publish, we’re looking at $6 the field.

Mr Reckless will have his first start in Australia and for Chris Waller in this race and has appeal at his current double-figure price. The son of Reckless Abandon won his last start in the UK in October and while he doesn’t have a lot of form in 1600m races, his class suggests that he’s good enough to win. He beat several handy horses home in a Cranbourne trial last week.

1 Unit Mr Reckless

Race 7 - 4:30pm

Listed March Stakes (1400m)

Another wide-open betting affair and a case to be made for several horses in the March Stakes market.

Widgee Turf just couldn’t get there when he finished second by the flare of a nostril in the Vobis Eldorado at Wangaratta last time out but performs extremely well at Flemington and will improve third-up in this race. The Turffontein gelding stormed home to finish third at this track and distance first-up and he simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race.

Hellova Street is an emergency for the All-Star Mile, but he is a major threat in this race should he take his place. The Helike gelding has been typically strong this time and finished a close second behind Mystic Journey in the Listed Thomas Lyons at this trip, before winning the Listed Mowbray Stakes last time out. He’ll need to cross the field from a wide draw but will be hard to run down.

2 Units Widgee Turf

1 Unit Hellova Street

Race 8 - 5:10pm

All-Star Mile (1600m)

Behind Winx, Happy Clapper is arguably the best miler in the country and is primed for a big run in the All-Star Mile. The three-time Group 1 champion resumed this time for second behind the world’s best racehorse in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, before repeating that effort and result in the Group 1 Chipping Norton last time out. He has a genuine class edge over most of these horses and is ready to peak third-up.

Hartnell is also a multiple Group 1 champion and is up to winning the All-Star Mile. The Authorized gelding is one of the country’s toughest horses and appears to have timed his run of form perfectly for this; hitting the line well for fifth in the Expressway first-up before finishing third in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes last time out. The rise in trip is ideal and the booking of William Buick is a positive move from Godolphin.

3 Units Happy Clapper

1 Unit Hartnell

Race 9 - 5:50pm

Furphy Grand Sprint Final (1200m)

Mastering has recorded several excellent results and looks well placed to return to the winner’s stall in the last on All-Star Mile Day. The Smart Missile gelding has been freshened-up after finishing at the tail of the field here in January and has been kept up to the mark with a nice barrier trial performance.

2 Units Mastering