Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli

The Festival of Racing, which took in nine Group 1 races and 17 country cups in addition to The All-Star Mile, concluded last Saturday, 20 March with the Mornington Cup after commencing with the C.F.Orr Stakes meeting on 6 February.

The third annual The All-Star Mile, in which New South Wales’ Mugatoo prevailed over local hero Russian Camelot in a thrilling contest after the morning scratching of favourite Arcadia Queen, attracted record wagering turnover of $17.88 million – an increase of 12% on 2020.

The top five races over the Festival of Racing, in order of turnover, were The All-Star Mile, Newmarket Handicap, Blue Diamond, Australian Cup and Futurity Stakes.

Overall turnover on The All-Star Mile meeting, the second half of which was conducted under inclement weather that resulted in track downgrades, was a record $70.32 million – an increase of 26.5% on the 2020 edition.

In addition to strong support from punters, The All-Star Mile also exceeded the Group 1 benchmark for the third year in succession, underlining the quality of Australia’s only fan-voted race.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said: “The All-Star Mile at The Valley was an amazing race bringing together nine Group 1 winners, the fairytale horses and our ultimate All-Star in Mugatoo – a Group 1 winner in waiting.

“Despite COVID restrictions on the crowd and the arrival mid-meeting of significant rain, there was a tremendous atmosphere at The Valley which created a real buzz and emphasised the great disappointment of lost crowds over the past 12 months.

“Punters right across Australia certainly embraced The All-Star Mile investing a record amount on the race, despite the high-profile raceday scratching on vets’ advice of Arcadia Queen who was the most popular horse in the public vote.

“The support for The All-Star Mile is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that at $17.88 million, it was the highest turnover race held during the 2021 Festival of Racing and indeed the highest since Melbourne Cup Week.”

The All-Star Mile is provisionally scheduled to return to inaugural host Flemington next March with the annual review of the race between RV and Victoria’s three metropolitan Clubs, which will occur over the coming months, to ultimately determine the plans for 2021.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Trainer Neville Layt sadly passes away

Queanbeyan-based trainer Neville Layt sadly passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a battle with illness. Layt, 76, passed away at...

Nature Strip secures slot in The Everest

A deal has been struck that will see Nature Strip run for Chris Waller Racing in The Everest. Having contested...

Victorian club lambasted for charging trainer

The Swan Hill Jockey Club has been lambasted on social media after their decision to charge, find guilty and sanction...

Wendy Roche discusses the quirks of Nettoyer

Wendy Roche speaks on Nettoyer after the mare claimed her second Group 1 victory in the Queen Of The Turf...

Likely All Aged Stakes Field – 2021

The 2021 All Aged Stakes will be run this weekend (24/4/2021) at Randwick racecourse and the field is pretty close...

Arcadia Queen’s racing career over

Owner Bob Peters has all but confirmed the career of star mare Arcadia Queen is over, after she suffered a...

Classique Legend suffers HK setback will return to Australia

Just when it appeared Classique Legend was set to show his true colours in Hong Kong with a scheduled return...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or