Ladbrokes Tip: The Crystal Mile is the perfect lead-up to the Longines Mile on Derby Day
The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 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 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 $200,000 in total prize money the Crystal Mile is the ideal lead-up to the Group 1 Longines Mile (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 ran as the Emirates Stakes.
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 Sound Journey ($10 in 2010).
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 Longines Mile (1600m) the following weekend or the race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes – the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) 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. 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.
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.
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 one horse has saluted at double-figures since the 2006 upset by Flash Trick ($21).
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.
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
|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|
|2011||Testa My Patience||Hawks Bay||He’s Remarkable||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|