Twenty All-Star Mile hopefuls will make a last-minute pitch to the voting public when they compete in races across three states this weekend.
With the leaderboard blackout beginning at 10pm tonight (Friday, 14 February) and the voting period officially coming to an end at 11.59pm this Sunday (16 February), All-Star Mile contenders are running out of time to ensure their places in the field for the world’s richest mile race at Caulfield on Saturday, 14 March.
Fourteen contenders will step out tomorrow (15 February) at Flemington on Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday, with a mouth-watering clash of high-class three-year-olds illuminating the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m).
Queensland’s cult hero Alligator Blood, Kiwi flying machine Catalyst and boom South Australian colt Dalasan are virtually guaranteed a start in The 2020 All-Star Mile, with all three currently sitting comfortably inside the top six of the leaderboard.
The trio, who between them have attracted more than 28,500 votes, will kick off their autumn campaigns in the C.S. Hayes Stakes alongside Ken Keys’ rising star Soul Patch, who will be hoping to make a late surge from his current position of 20th* on the All-Star Mile leaderboard.
The other All-Star Mile contenders in action at Flemington tomorrow include Star Missile who, like Alligator Blood, Catalyst and Dalasan, is almost certain to line up in the $5 million showpiece having attracted almost 10,000 votes* thanks in no small part to his large ownership group.
Star Missile, whose younger brother Urban Ruler ran in the inaugural edition of The All-Star Mile last year, will compete in the final race of the day, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (1400m).
His rivals in that race include fellow All-Star Mile nominees Admiral’s Joker (currently 27th* in the voting), Ef Troop (54th), Fox Hall (50th), Rox The Castle (25th) and Grahame Begg’s last-start winner Galaxy Raider (12th), who is within sight of the all-important top 10 with less than 600 votes* separating him and the current incumbent, Super Seth.
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s Group 1 winner Loving Gaby (34th*) will take on Nature Strip in the feature race of the day, the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), whilst Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s flying filly Pretty Brazen (61st*), who this week received the support of Richmond AFWL player Monique Conti, will press her All-Star Mile claims in the Group 3 The TAB Vanity (1400m).
In Sydney, the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) features three high-profile All-Star Mile contenders: Verry Elleegant (44th), Dreamforce (77th) and last year’s placegetter Alizee, who will need to catch the eye with a dominant win to surge up the leaderboard from her current position of 45th*.
Alizee’s stablemate Flit (75th*) will also line up in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), whilst renowned mudlark Jungle Edge (47th*) will aim for back-to-back wins when he contests the Southern Cross Stakes (1200m).
The sole All-Star Mile representative in action in Queensland is Cruze, the topweight in the Family Raceday Open Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
*Voting numbers accurate as of 12pm on Friday, 14 February.
Alligator Blood, picture Stevehart.com.au