A history of the All Star Mile Race
Prepare for the All-Star Mile, one of Australia's most exciting horse racing events. Since 2019, this fantastic race has made a mark on the racers and audience and has quickly become a favourite to many.
In this article, we'll cover the history of the All-Star Mile to see which horses show the most promise for the 2024 race which takes place at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday March 16, 2024 offering a reduced $3.65 million in total prize money.
What is the All-Star Mile Race?
The All-Star Mile is a horse racing event in Australia contested mainly by thoroughbred horses. It was established in 2019 and is still one of the wealthiest horse racing events in Australia to date. As its name suggests, the horses race over a mile (1600m), and it's open to horses three years old and up.
A key reason for establishing the All-Star Mile race was to create a unique event on the Australian racing calendar that the public could get involved in.
That's what sets this race apart from others: the public gets to vote on which horse they want to see in the race. Creating such a space for public engagement has made the All-Star Mile a famous race, keeping viewers engaged and interested in the sport.
Here are some key details about The All-Star Mile:
1. Inauguration: The All-Star Mile was inaugurated in 2019 as a concept aimed at involving the public in the decision-making process for horse selection. Unlike traditional horse races where horses are invited based on their performance, The All-Star Mile allows fans to vote for their favourite horses to secure a spot in the race.
2. Public Voting: One of the unique aspects of The All-Star Mile is the public voting system. Fans have the opportunity to vote for their preferred horses, which adds an interactive and engaging element to the event. The horses with the highest number of votes secure positions in the final field.
3. Race Venue: The venue for The All-Star Mile may vary each year. In its initial editions, the race was held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
4. Prize Money: The All-Star Mile boasts substantial prize money, making it one of the most lucrative horse racing events in Australia. The purse is distributed among the top finishers in the race.
5. Field Composition: While some horses earn their place through public voting, others may be invited based on their performance in previous races. The mix of popular vote and performance-based selection adds an interesting dynamic to the race.
6. Cultural Impact: The All-Star Mile has been praised for its innovative approach to engaging the public and creating a sense of ownership among racing enthusiasts. It aims to bring a new level of excitement and involvement to the Australian horse racing scene.
The All Star Mile race has been going since 2019, with one race event per year. Going over and checking how the horses and riders compared to one another over the years is probably one of the best ways to make informed decisions regarding your bets prior to the 2024 race. Here are the races from 2019 to 2023 to give you some insight into who may win:
2019 All-Star Mile
The 2019 All-Star Mile event was held on the 16th of March at Flemington, Victoria. This race kicked off with a bang, receiving tremendous support from the public and runners. The prize was $5 million to the winner. On the podium, we saw James Cummings with Alizee at third,, Hartnell at second, and Adam Tinder with Mystic Journey at first. At the time, Mystic Journey was paying $3.60.
2020 All-Star Mile
The second series of the All-Star Mile was run on the 14th of March at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. This year, we attracted a very strong selection of runners, with 15 competing for the $5 million prize. In first place for this year's race, we had Regal Power, paying $11; second was three-year-old Superstorm, spending $15; and third was Melody Belle.
2021 All-Star Mile
The 2021 All-Star Mile was held at the Moonee Valley racecourse on the 13th of March, and wow, what a race it was. Coming in first place and winning the $5 million was Mugatoo, trained by Grant and Alana Willians. In second but not far behind was the Russian Camelot, trained by Danny O'Brien, and last but not least, Behemoth, trained by David Jolly, at third.
2022 All-Star Mile
In the 2022 All-Star Mile at Flemington, Victoria again, the $2.40 favourite Zaaki, ridden by jockey Jamie Kah, won a discovery victory. From the outside gate, Kah positioned Zaaki just behind the leader early in the race. In the final stretch, Zaaki swiftly pulled ahead after the 300-meter mark, finishing 1.5 lengths ahead of the second-place horse, I'm Thunderstruck. With heavy odds of $201, Streets Of Avalon managed to take third place.
2023 All-Star Mile
Last year's All-Star Mile brought just as much action as previous years. The race took place on the 18th of March at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, and we saw a tremendous victory taken by the Hayes Brothers Ben and JD, with their horse Mr.Brightside winning the $5 million prize. Second, we had Cascadian with trainer James cumming and third, The Inevitable, trained by Scott Brunton.
How to Pick An All-Star Mile Winner
The 2024 All-Star Mile is nearing fast, and the final list of runners will be released in early March. Bets will start flying in as soon as the lists are released. Before you get caught up in the excitement of everything, we'd suggest doing your due diligence and making good, calculated bets.
These are some things to consider to help you do so:
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