There was a fair amount of excitement generated when Racing Victoria first announced the ‘All-Star Mile’.
The idea of attracting the best milers in the country for one rich $5 million race got the racing public buzzing.
However, once it became apparent that connections and social media campaigns were going to play a big part in the line-up of the race, the excitement subsided somewhat.
Although the inaugural All-Star Mile is still set to be a cracking race with some of the best the sport has to offer, sometimes things don’t pan out perfectly.
The race has started many debates about who actually are the best milers in the country at the moment and what the field would look like if they were there.
We’ve taken it one step further and asked what the field would look like if we assembled the best milers of all time. Who would be favourite? Who would win? Let the debate rage!
There isn’t another horse in this field that has a record over the mile like the Goondiwindi grey.
He had seven starts over the mile and was beaten only once, which was in the Doncaster Handicap when he carried 60.5kgs and even then he was only narrowly beaten.
As a four-year-old he won all four major mile handicap races – The Epsom, The Toorak, The George Adams (Cantala Stakes) and the Doncaster Mile.
2. So You Think
Although he was a better horse over a mile and a quarter and beyond, So You Think was pure class.
His turn of foot allowed him to be more than competitive over distances around a mile with wins in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and Underwood Stakes, while he was unlucky in both the Caulfield Guineas and the Emirates Stakes as a three-year-old.
3. Kingston Town
We forever remember Kingston Town for his three successive Cox Plate victories, but he was such a versatile horse.
Like So You Think, he was better suited over more distance but he was so classy and adds a lot of intrigue in a race like this.
I think it is safe to say that if Bill Collin’s was creating the market for this race, he would be keeping The King safe.
4. Super Impose
Super Impose had 74 race starts including eight Group 1 victories and a then Australasian record of $5.6 million in prize money.
Unlike the two horses above him, Super Impose was a genuine miler.
He won back to back Epsom Handicaps, Doncaster Handicaps and Chipping Norton Stakes all over 1600m.
46 starts for 36:7:2.
Ajax was an incredibly consistent galloper.
In the Rawson Stakes of 1939 at Rosehill Gardens, Ajax was shooting for a record equaling 19 consecutive wins.
He started as the 1/40 favourite and lost, but that has not ruined his legacy and he would go into this contest as a genuine winning chance.
Nicknamed ‘The Black Flash’, Lonhro won 26 races in total of which 25 were in stakes grade.
He won from 1100m to 2000m and the mile suited him perfectly.
He won the Caulfield Guineas, Chipping Norton and George Main all over 1600m and you can envision him stalking the field rounding the turn, ready to pounce.
Sunline competed in 48 races for 32 wins, 9 seconds and 3 thirds and won over $11 million in prize money.
She won two Cox Plates, two All Aged Stakes and two Doncaster Handicaps and was as tough as the day is long.
Would give them something to chase rounding the turn!
She simply has to be the greatest of all time.
She has now won 31 consecutive races including 23 Group 1s, which is a world record.
She has won at distances ranging from 1300m to 2200m including the Epsom Handicap, Chipping Norton x 4, Doncaster Handicap and George Main x 3 at 1600m.
Would be deserving favourite in a race of this quality and the bookies would still be shaking in their boots.
9. Black Caviar
Before you start sending hate mail, we are aware the great mare was never tested at a mile.
She did win the Group 1 C.F Orr Stakes over 1400m and there were plenty that thought she would handle the mile on class alone.
You would be brave to back against her considering she was never beaten in her racing career and we may actually get a price in a race like this!
Emancipation only raced as a three and four year old however she managed to win 19 of her 28 race starts.
She won six Group 1s which included beating the great Manikato in the George Main Stakes.
She was out of a mare called Ammo Girl, who was sired by Gunsynd!
11. Weekend Hussler
Weekend Hussler was a very talented horse in his own right, however he may not be quite as classy as some others in this field.
For balance we thought it a good idea to throw some three-year-old’s into the mix and his form as a three-year. He won nine of his 11 starts as a three year old including the Caulfield and Randwick Guineas over the mile.
Another horse that is probably better suited over more ground, however her record as a three year-old was outstanding and she had enough class to be competitive over the mile.
She won 12 of her 16 starts as a three year-old and is still the only filly to have won the Cox Plate.
Who would you be backing?