All-Star Mile 2024

Distance: 1600m | Conditions: WFA | Rail Position: TBC | Track Condition: Good 4

Another handy field has been assembled for the All-Star Mile and it should be a great day on track as the race continues to grow into one of the more anticipated races on the calendar. Mr Brightside again goes around as a short-price favourite and rightfully so. Let’s try find a winner!


Speed Map

Will be interesting to see how it unfolds out in front but Pride Of Jenni will likely take up the running with Attractable and Buffalo River stalking, so if we’re guaranteed anything it’s a genuine pace. Ayrton,  Holymanz and Pinstriped map to get a nice run in transit while Mr Brightside will likely get dragged back off-midfield with all that speed on his inside, with Cascadian there abouts also. Dom To Shoot Munhamek will be spotting them the furtherest.


Key Runners

1.jockey silks Mr Brightside (11)

He’s back to defend his title and looks cherry ripe to do so. Has had a seamless prep to date, just getting there in the CF Orr before blitzing them in the Futurity. With plenty of speed on his inside, the wide gate is a slight worry however the step up to 1600m is ideal considering he’s the best miler in the country. While he’s short, I think the price is about right and it’s hard to see anything stopping him.

2.jockey silksCascadian (7)

Getting on in age but showing no signs of slowing down. Gun miler who has been luckless in his two runs back this prep but continues to put his best foot forward and hits the line with conviction. Drifter in betting, but he’s a big knockout chance.

3.jockey silksAttractable (2)

Should roll forward from the inside draw with Pride Of Jenni but at face value looks a little out of his depth. Only beat home one in the Apollo Stakes first-up and I fear it may be a similar scenario here. 

4.jockey silksMunhamek (10)

Won the Gold Rush in WA and has continued to run well since. Closed off nicely in the Futurity suggesting the rise to 1600m will be appreciated. Likely to get dragged back from the gate again and will have his work cut out to get home but can run well again.

5.jockey silksDom To Shoot (12)

WA galloper who had a nice Summer Carnival which included a G1 win and is now in Melbourne testing himself against the countries best. Had every chance in the Futurity but was given windburn by Mr Brightside. Steps back up to the mile which will suit better, but will need plenty of luck from the gate. 

6. jockey silksBuffalo River (9)

The old boy is flying at the moment, and is yet to figure outside of the placings in his last three starts. Main query is his record over the mile where he has just the one win from nine go’s. Can’t have him.

7. jockey silksPinstripped (1)

Good fresh up horse and looks a sleeper at odds. Finished second to Mr Brightside in the PB Lawrence first-up last start, before winning the Feehan over 1600m to land a ticket into the Cox Plate. Will get a soft run in transit and with the pressure up front can make his presence felt late. One for the exotics.

8. jockey silksDesert Lightning (8)

Kiwi raider making his Australian debut fresh off a G1 placing over 1600m at Otaki. Carries form around some of New Zealand’s best, including a win over Legarto on Karaka Millions Day. Likely to run well. 

9. jockey silksAyrton (5)

Going okay but Ayrton looks out of his depth here. Won at Listed level on Australia Day and most recently finished behind Atishu and Holymanz in the Blamey Stakes but did run into backsides up the straight. Yet to finish outside the placings over the mile but likely to be outclassed here as he was in the CF Orr. Overs.

10. jockey silks Puntura (4)

Second of the Kiwi’s looking to test themselves on Aussie soil. Has done nothing to suggest he can be competitive in this kind of race and subsequently is the rank outsider of the field. 

11. jockey silksHolymanz (3)

Beaten 10L by Desert Lightning in New Zealand before coming out and running admirably in the Blamey. Should improve again off that and get a nice steer under Shinn from barrier 3. Can run nicely but I won’t be having anything on him.

12. jockey silksPride Of Jenni (6)

On the second line of betting behind Mr Brightside and on form she look his biggest threat. Ran admirably first-up in the CF Orr and showed she’s come back in ripping order. She’ll find herself in the company of Buffalo River and Attractable who’ll roll forward which I don’t think she’ll appreciate.


Betting Strategy

Mr Brightside is Extremely hard to beat, but will go around him. Unit on each of the below.

Desert Lightning at $3.80 The Place

Cascadian at $12+