The field for the 2021 All Star Mile has been announced and we have a quality bunch of gallopers set to line-up in this years edition of the rich mile race.
We take a look at each of the 15 horses in the All Star Mile and we provide Video Form for each of them.
The best way to find the All Star Mile winner is to watch each of the horses lead-up runs heading into the race and luckily for you we have done all the hard work to find these races and list them below.
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1. Sir Dragonet
Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Career Best Win: Cox Plate, October 24 2020, Moonee Valley, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 5: 0-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 7: 3-3-0
Short Summary: Wet track or bust. Needs a bit of juice in the ground to be considered a chance.
He got the conditions to suit with a wet track, and with that, a peach from the best big race rider of the modern era in G Boss. He gave the import an absolute peach off the speed and the horse dashed clear late to win what was a high quality Cox Plate.
Not sure what to make of this run. He trialled like Phar Lap at Geelong but what was noteworthy that the days leading into this, he was drifting in the market. But, the last 5-10 minutes, he was heavily backed late, suggesting he was ready to rock and roll. He didn’t fire a single shot and was terrible.
Final Summary: The stats are there to see. He needs wet ground to be competitive. The CF Orr form has turned out to be rubbish and he just isn’t as dynamic on dry ground to what he got with a wet track when winning the Cox Plate. A wet track, he’s a chance. Dry track, he goes through to the keeper.
Trainer: David Jolly
Career Best Win: Memsie Stakes, August 29 2020, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 5-2-0
Wet Track Stats: 9: 3-2-0
Short Summary: He’s a big boy in nature…is he a big boy in name as well or is he a level below.
He looked the one to beat on paper with the only query being race shape. Once the front pair set off and took each other on, the race was just set up perfect for this guy and he duly saluted. Kemalpasa came out and placed in the Oakleigh Plate at Group l level, so the form reads okay.
Not sure what to make of this run. On one hand, he had the perfect run and was entitled to finish off his race better, comfortably held on the line when fourth to Probabeel. On the other hand, the stable have said he’s nowhere near wound up and is just needing racing to get ready for the All Star Mile. Face value, I thought he was disappointing.
Final Summary: The query with him is a strong 1600m. I would assume they will ride him cold compared to the Futurity to give him every chance to run out the trip. He’s a two time Group l winner but they were the Memsie and Rupert Clarke, which were below par majors compared to what Probabeel and co have contested. The two times he has taken on the big boys and girls (Everest/Futurity), he has been safely held. He’s a really good horse…just not sure he can turn the tables on those from the Futurity.
3. Streets Of Avalon
Trainer: Shane Nicholls
Career Best Win: CF Orr Stakes, February 6 2021, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 45: 10-8-7
Wet Track Stats: 10: 0-1-2
Short Summary: He’ll put himself on speed, but he’s not a miler. Happy to let him go through to the keeper.
He does like racing at the Valley but despite being first up here over an unsuitable trip, he had a bit on them in terms of class and was much too good in a dominant return. The form out of it since has been rubbish.
This was his chance to prove could he match it with the better types and the answer was no. He won what looked a moderate CF Orr before taking on the big boys and girls here. He was okay, but comfortably held.
4. Mr Quickie
Trainer: Phillip Stokes
Career Best Win: Toorak Handicap, October 10 2020, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 23: 10-5-2
Wet Track Stats: 3: 0-0-1
Short Summary: Good in the Futurity and doesn’t need to make up much ground to be a threat, but needs a dry track.
Thought this race was worth a look because it was a clash with Arcadia Queen. 2000m is more her go compared to Mr Quickie but he stayed on and was more than sound in defeat behind the star WA mare.
Continued his strong first up form. Got back to find his feet and get a back to follow. Peeled quite wide on the turn but finished off with real purpose late to finish third. An excellent return and a lovely pipe opener for this.
Final Summary: He has an excellent 1600m record and is a two time second up winner. He doesn’t have to make up much ground on Probabeel/Arcadia Queen from the Futurity. But he is a horse who does need a dry track so whether will be crucial.
5. Star Of The Seas
Trainer: Chris Waller
Career Best Win: Blamey Stakes, February 27 2021, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 14: 4-3-3
Wet Track Stats: 14: 4-4-1
Short Summary: He does his best work in fast run races, as we saw in the Blamey, so if he gets a good speed to sit off, not ruling him out as a winning threat.
Being cluttered up nearer the inside and trying to poke his way through the field isn’t his go, so be forgiving of this effort behind Probabeel in a race that absolutely smashed the clock, a high pressure race.
Market knew this would be fast run, heavily backed late into $3.90 and he got the hot tempo in front. 600m out, it was race over the way it unfolded and he was able to hold off Fifty Stars, winner of the Blamey 12 months ago.
Trainer: Kris Lees
Career Best Win: Newcastle Cup, September 18 2020, Newcastle, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 4-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 9: 4-1-0
Short Summary: Last time he clashed with Arcadia Queen/Probabeel was the Cox Plate and he beat them both home. IMO, he’s the one to beat.
IMO, if he draws a decent barrier, he wins the Cox Plate. He was absolutely enormous in defeat. Wide no cover for the trip yet just kept fighting and finding under pressure to run a very game fourth, and as I said earlier, did beat home Arcadia Queen and Probabeel.
This was more or less a barrier trial. Given it wasn’t a target race, he was back off the speed and not really asked for an effort until the last 400m home where he really zipped home, as did the majority of the field, and that form was clearly ticked off via the Chipping Norton.
7. The Harrovian
Trainer: Toby & Trent Edmonds
Career Best Win: Bernborough Plate, December 26 2020, Eagle Farm, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 12-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 11: 5-1-1
Short Summary: Star from North Queensland who has done a fab job since joining Team Edmonds. He won’t run last.
This made it eleven wins on the bounce for him. Lovely ride from Brad Stewart, just off the speed before getting the split and the horse showed his class late to fend them off and win in good style. No winners to come out of it though.
This was more or less a barrier trial. Morvada led throughout and ran 33.7 for the last 600m, so those behind had no chance, including The Harrovian, who was back on the fence in restricted room. Still, it was a pass mark.
Final Summary: He won’t disgrace himself because he is a winner, a proper winner that knows where the line is, something that can be questioned about some of his rivals. Just lacks the class though, and on times/ratings, he isn’t up to these. But, that was said about Lunar Fox in the Guineas.
8. Regalo Di Gaetano
Trainer: Richard & Chantelle Jolly
Career Best Win: John Letts Cup, October 31 2020, Morphettville, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 7-1-3
Wet Track Stats: 3: 1-0-0
Short Summary: Solid horse from SA but on form, he’s making up the numbers.
Run off his legs in what was a fast run race and was never really a winning threat, but did make up some headway late and was a pass mark in defeat I thought behind Behemoth, beaten around five lengths.
Market didn’t want a bar of him ($4.2-$8), but he was a real eye catcher late behind an in form Hankstar, beaten just under a length into fourth spot in a race where the depth is clearly inferior to what he faces here.
Final Summary: Great job from all concerned to get him into the top ten and secure his spot in the field. He’s a nice horse, but at best is Listed level. He’s not top shelf and IMO is making up the numbers.
9. Russian Camelot
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Career Best Win: Underwood Stakes, October 10 2020, Caulfield, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 5: 1-3-0
Wet Track Stats: 5: 3-0-1
Short Summary: Contender or pretender?
Thought this was a good replay to show, because when he does get a wet track, he can do this to a leading contender here in Arcadia Queen. He made her look second rate. Admittedly, she’s a mare not at her best on wet ground and jury was out on how well she was going, but Russian Camelot stamped his authority in spades with this win.
Huge in defeat. Was left in front a fair way out and battled away well enough in defeat behind Sir Dragonet to run third. This was his end of prep run and probably shouldn’t have gone to a Melbourne Cup after that brutal Cox Plate effort.
Final Summary: He’s a good horse on dry ground. He’s top shelf on wet ground. The weather forecast will determine his winning claims and how strong they are. 1600m is on the short side for him but have to remember he is six months behind his true age given he’s a Northern Hemisphere galloper, so it’s all upside.
10. Arcadia Queen
Trainer: Grant & Alana Williams
Career Best Win: Mackinnon Stakes, November 7 2020, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 13: 8-2-1
Wet Track Stats: 3: 0-0-1
Short Summary: Think whatever the track rating, she’s the one to beat. But a dry track and clearly she will be the one to beat.
Thought this would be a key race to show because it was at the Valley and it’s a race where a number of runners from the All Star Mile clashed. I think you could easily make a case to say this mare should have won. Badly held up and checked at a vital stage. Did a remarkable job to pick up like she did and proved that by bolting up next start.
Market said she was ready to rock and roll first up ($7-$4.6) and ran up to that expectation with a very good second. She was forward in condition, but did have improvement to come with the All Star Mile being the focus. She tried hard but the race fitness of Probabeel was the difference in the end.
Final Summary: Give her a dry deck, and you can make a case that she’s the best horse in Australia. The Futurity effort was very good fresh and she will love a truly run mile, which is what this race will be, plus she showed in the Cox Plate she’ll handle the Valley. Dry deck, she’s the one to beat.
Trainer: Jamie Richards
Career Best Win: Epsom Handicap, October 3 2020, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 7-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 12: 3-5-0
Short Summary: Star mare that is going to take any amount of beating.
I’d be willing to put a line through this run from her. The track was very testing for her and IMO, she was ridden upside down when on speed. She couldn’t finish it off and tired late behind Sir Dragonet. I also think that will be the last time we see her at 2000m again.
What a win this was. Did get to $4.40 in betting but the last 5-10 minutes, was backed with real confidence late back into $3.50 and she was too good for Arcadia Queen, albeit she had race fitness and was in the best ground. But, she was still sharp and followed a brilliant fresh win against the Mares in the Bellmaine.
Final Summary: The theory from most is that Arcadia Queen was first up in the Futurity whereas this mare was second up so the former has upside and will improve. She’ll need to improve, because Probabeel third up last prep smashed the clock in a big way when winning the Epsom, so she’s got improvement in her own right. A dry track for her and she is one of the hardest to beat.
12. Shout The Bar
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott
Career Best Win: Empire Rose, October 31 2020, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 7: 1-1-1
Wet Track Stats: 4: 3-0-0
Short Summary: She can put herself on speed and a truly run mile is no issue for her. Outside winning chance.
This was a clash with Arcadia Queen at 2000m. Backed up from winning the Empire Rose and led to suit herself it seemed, but pressure was applied on the turn and she was a beaten horse comfortably, but stayed on and was a definite pass mark I thought behind the star WA mare.
Thought this was a good pipe opener. The race rated very well for the day and the winner looks destined for Group l glory at some stage of her career so think the form will be okay out of it. She was near the speed throughout and kept on strongly, just holding on for third.
13. Greysful Glamour
Trainer: Mark Newnham
Career Best Win: Villiers Stakes, December 12 2020, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 21: 6-4-2
Wet Track Stats: 13: 0-2-1
Short Summary: Weather will determine her chances. If it’s a dry deck, top five chance. Wet ground, she may as well be a scratching.
This was just sustained speed from the front in an outstanding effort at the mile, and did secure her a ballot exemption for the Doncaster Mile. This is Greysful Glamour at her best. 1600m, dry track and dominating from the front.
Not normally a first up performer, but was more expected of her? She got a relatively good time of it on speed and thought she was entitled to finish her race off much better behind the heavily backed Chaillot.
Final Summary: She needs things to fall into place to be considered a winning chance. Dry track and no real pressure in front. We’ve seen previously that if she is left alone in front, she’s a hard mare to get past. If the track is playing towards on speed, she is a knockout winning chance.
14. Still A Star
Trainer: Bill Ryan
Career Best Win: Tasmanian Oaks, February 23 2020, Launceston, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 8: 6-2-0
Wet Track Stats: 4: 1-3-0
Short Summary: A win for this mare here and Santa Claus becomes real.
She was at the end of a long Spring/Summer prep here, but it was her class that got her home despite doing a mountain of work in the run. She was there to be beaten but just found plenty under pressure and was too good against her own age/sex.
What a ripping return to racing. She was up against another quality mare in Deroche, who had race fitness, but Still A Star kicked clear in the straight and was dominant. What I will say is that the win was a tad flattering given the inside section of the track for the meeting was red hot.
Final Summary: Bill Ryan has said himself he’s near the end with a terminal illness and his dying wish is to see his good horse in good race. The weight of late support from Tasmania saw her get into the top ten to secure her spot and the first up win suggests she isn’t here to make up the numbers. Santa Claus is real if she wins, it would be wonderful to see…I just don’t think she’s up to the level of some of these.
15. Lunar Fox
Trainer: Paul Preusker
Career Best Win: Australian Guineas, February 27 2021, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 2-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 4: 0-0-0
Short Summary: How he won the Guineas I do not know…that was a monumental upset. A win here would be that x10.
This was his last run over the track/distance of the All Star Mile. It was a night where it was ideal to sit off speed/come wide, so being nearer the inside wasn’t the spot to be but he stayed on and was good in defeat behind the only 3YO beyond a sprint trip this season that has measured up against the older horses, Glenfiddich.
Genuine case of how did he win this? Beaten 13 lengths in the CS Hayes, it was a remarkable turn of form. Yes, Blinkers on first time, but that is somewhat of a myth in terms of an important gear change, with the strike rate being 10% and a negative ROI. Still, great training effort and he was strongest on the line.
16. Fifty Stars
Trainer: Ben Hayes/Tom Dabernig
Career Stats: 30: 10-5-1
Career Best Win: Australian Cup, March 7 2020, Flemington, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 18: 4-4-0
Wet Track Stats: 12: 6-1-1
Short Summary: Third week in a row of racing for this guy. Rain about helps his cause…but needs to improve.
He was very good in defeat given he was second up off a first up run where it was a sit/sprint. This race was brutally run and he loomed to win. Just couldn’t quite get there when second to Star Of The Seas, a rival in the All Star Mile.
This was pretty much a barrier trial. The inside gate was the negative and given the slow tempo, he just had no room to move and couldn’t get a chance to build momentum. But at the same time, thought he was entitled to do a bit more.