Ladbrokes Tip: The Crystal Mile is the perfect lead-up to the Kennedy Mile 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 $200,000 in total prize money the Crystal Mile is the ideal lead-up to the Group 1 Kennedy 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, now the Kennedy Mile for sponsorship purposes, ran as the Emirates Stakes.
The latest edition of the Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 28, 2017 as part of the bumper Cox Plate Day program.
2017 Crystal Mile Results
- 1st: #2 Lucky Hussler
- 2nd: #4 Religify
- 3rd: #1 It’s Somewhat
Crystal Mile Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- 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 Sound Journey ($10 in 2010).
2017 Crystal Mile Odds
The season’s best Crystal Mile 2017 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 one horse has saluted at double-figures since the 2006 upset by Flash Trick ($21).
2017 Crystal Mile Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Crystal Mile 2017 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.
- 1st: #1 IT’S SOMEWHAT ($5) – Doncaster Mile winner heads to The Valley for the first time and if he handles the track, is a genuine winning hope after a credible run under four lengths beaten at Caulfield in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke (1400m). Easier field here, better stepping up to a mile and doesn’t give weight away. Has a good second-up record, booking of Kerrin McEvoy is a plus as is barrier one.
- 2nd: #3 BURNING FRONT ($5) – Darren Weir has two genuine hopes in the field and plenty of boxes ticked by this seven-year-old. The Valley is his pet track (5:3-1-0) with his worst result being a fourth. Group 3 winner in Adelaide last go at 1600m, his seventh win over the distance and he’ll relish getting back to the distance after the good second last weekend at Caulfield in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).
- 3rd: #2 LUCKY HUSSLER ($6.50) – Looks a bit of value on Weir’s other runner who hasn’t won since November last year. 2015 Toorak Handicap winner with 58kg two years ago over this distance, which he is back up to for the first time in two years. Forgive and forget the unplaced Weekend Hussler run last time out under a hefty weight when caught up. Place chance at WFA at this track / distance.
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 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. From 2017 the Longines Mile is 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.
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.
2017 Crystal Mile Field
The official Crystal Mile 2017 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 2017 Crystal Mile Field features 10 gallopers, over half of which are under $10 for the win in early Crystal Mile betting. It’s Somewhat is equal favourite after the Doncaster Mile winner drew the rails. Darren Weir saddles-up Burning Front on the quick back-up out of the Moonga Stakes (2nd) on Caulfield Cup Day, while the best of Chris Waller’s two is Weekend Hussler Stakes runner-up Religify dropping in weight with Hugh Bowman on from barrier three.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||313x1119x0||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1||59kg||113|
|2||91x705x600||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||6||59kg||110|
|3||114119×072||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||9||59kg||104|
|4||116x1611x2||RELIGIFY||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||108|
|5||1351207687||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||5||59kg||106|
|6||6832198383||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||2||59kg||97|
|7||x1240x5427||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||10||59kg||103|
|8||80×3501125||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||4||59kg||106|
|9||6557x135x0||CALDERON (IRE)||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||7||59kg||105|
|10||3510×68220||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||8||58.5kg||92|
2017 Crystal Mile Nominations
The early Crystal Mile 2017 Nominations are taken by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the Monday leading-up to Cox Plate Day, the full list of nominees to be published below once released.
The 2017 Crystal Mile Nominations attracted 22 hopefuls including the a number of entries that could instead take on Winx in the Cox Plate field – Sebaurge for Lindsay Park and Tom Melbourne for Winx trainer Chris Waller. Waller has a total of six Crystal Mile nominees with Tom Melbourne joined by the likes of Craven Plate third placegetter McCreery and the in-form Religify.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x1240x5427||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|2||114119×072||BURNING FRONT||G||7||Darren Weir||104|
|3||6557x135x0||CALDERON (IRE)||H||5||Tony McEvoy||105|
|4||0x233716x4||COLDSTONE (FR)||G||6||Michael Kent||90|
|5||14×3119008||FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE)||G||5||William Haggas||90|
|6||0472x5x690||GOOD PROJECT||H||6||Chris Waller||102|
|7||313x1119x0||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||7||James Cummings||114|
|8||9405344339||JACQUINOT BAY||G||10||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||92|
|9||1351207687||JUNGLE EDGE||G||7||Mick Bell||106|
|10||91x705x600||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||8||Darren Weir||110|
|11||540x0x6535||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|12||0x741090x4||MASTER RESET||G||6||Matt Laurie||93|
|13||56495×8473||MCCREERY (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||104|
|14||1x62745x65||NEW TIPPERARY||G||5||Joseph Pride||94|
|15||6832198383||PETROLOGY||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||97|
|17||5×91375113||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||G||8||Michael Moroney||103|
|18||82x060x005||SEABURGE||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||104|
|19||4030×22833||SO SI BON||H||4||Robbie Laing||98|
|20||80×3501125||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||G||6||Kris Lees||107|
|21||6905×22226||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||103|
|22||3510×68220||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||H||4||Michael Kent||92|
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).
2017 Crystal Mile Results
The official Crystal Mile 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 28, 2017 .
|1||2||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||–||5||59kg||$9|
|2||4||RELIGIFY||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3L||3||59kg||$5|
|3||1||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||4L||1||59kg||$4.40F|
|4||8||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||4.3L||4||59kg||$5.50|
|5||3||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||5.8L||8||59kg||$6|
|6||10||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||6.2L||7||58.5kg||$17|
|7||7||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||6.95L||9||59kg||$11|
|8||9||CALDERON (IRE)||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||7.7L||6||59kg||$31|
|9||6||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||8.45L||2||59kg||$19|
|–||5||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||–||0||–||–|
Crystal Mile Winners
|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|
|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|