The All Star Mile is certainly an interesting concept and some of the entrants don’t deserve to be running for $5 million, but thankfully there are some high-quality thoroughbreds in action this Saturday at Flemington.
Alizee, Happy Clapper and Mystic Journey should provide the entertainment and who knows, maybe one of the battlers will cause an upset over the proven performers.
We have free tips, form and odds for every runner in the 2019 All Star Mile.
2019 All Star Mile final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the All Star Mile 2019
Alizee @ $3.70 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Happy Clapper @ $5.50 Bet Now
Amphitrite @ $11 Bet Now
All Star Mile Form Guide & Tips
Happy Clapper (Best Each Way – $5.50) Bet Now
Form behind Winx is going to stack up against a field which hasn’t been running against the champion mare. The Patrick Webster-trained eight-year-old is in his prime after running second in the Chipping Norton Stakes where he kicked clear on the turn.
He doesn’t have much experience at Flemington with only three starts for one placings but his open-class form must be considered against this field.
Hartnell ($10) Bet Now
Hasn’t quite shown his best this season but did run well for third behind Alizee last time out. That appears to be a good form guide for this and punters can never rule out the talented eight-year-old.
Brings plenty of experience and with 13 wins and 17 placings under his belt, he demands respect and international rider William Buick comes over to ride.
Material Man ($26) Bet Now
Doesn’t look up to this class after three runs in Melbourne this campaign and he has failed in each of them.
Better suited to Perth racing and we’re not surprised to see him drifting in the betting.
Grunt ($19) Bet Now
Owns ability but would have liked to have seen an early market push. Slightly disappointing behind Violate as the favourite last start and more was expected of him.
He’s a Group 1 age-group winner which needs to make the rise in grade up against the proven older horses.
Moss ‘N’ Dale ($26) Bet Now
Average last start and the 14-time winner is much better suited to wet-track racing. Seven of his 14 wins have come on rain-affected tracks and if the rain comes, he’s a chance.
If it’s dry, we wouldn’t want to take the $21 on offer.
Foundry ($151) Bet Now
Three-time winner which must have a big team of owners because he shouldn’t be in the field. Most punters wouldn’t have remembered his win at Randwick in 2017 and with good reason.
Hasn’t raced since 2017 and this makes a mockery of the race.
Man Of His Word ($101) Bet Now
The owners that voted him into the race have obviously gone hard on the tote. He has dropped from $126 to $81 this week on the back of strong betting support.
He ran eight lengths behind Violate at Flemington last start and that form looks poor for this. He hasn’t run well in a very long time and he’s another runner which doesn’t deserve to race for this amount of money.
Balf’s Choice ($151) Bet Now
At triple-figure odds and we’re not surprised. Has been struggling to beat runners home in Adelaide and his most recent start in Melbourne was a last-placed finish behind So Si Bon.
A win would be a massive shock.
Mr Money Bags ($91) Bet Now
Hasn’t been running the worst races so he’s not in the same category as the above three runners, but he looks held.
Scored by 1.8 lengths on this track in December last year and a repeat performance could see him finish in the first half of the field. That’s about the extent of his ability.
Urban Ruler ($126) Bet Now
The worst runner in this field and by some margin. Ran 11th at Eagle Farm last start against a weak field and prior to that he beat one runner home.
Shouldn’t be running in this race and we hope the owners feel a touch embarrassed when he runs 20+ lengths behind the winner.
Alizee (Best Bet – $3.70) Bet Now
Class runner of this field and comes into this having notched four consecutive wins. Her most recent effort came at Group 1 level where she looked under pressure but her class kicked in for a half-length result.
James Cummings has her humming and although this will be her first start at Flemington, the roomy track will only help her chances and Hugh Bowman returns to ride the four-year-old.
Hawkshot ($12) Bet Now
Capable as he has been showing this season. Has good tactical pace and will likely lead, but he’s not weighted well as a three-year-old with 56kg on the back.
Finished 2.3 lengths behind Mystic Journey in the Guineas last start and we wouldn’t be shocked to see him winning this.
Mystic Journey ($3.50) Bet Now
Scored a booming win when coming along the inside of runners to win the Group 1 Australian Guineas last start. The Tasmanian-trained three-year-old has nine wins from 12 starts and many more to come.
It won’t be easy for a three-year-old to beat this field at the weights but she gets in with 54kg and that’s better than most here.
Amphitrite (Best Roughie – $11) Bet Now
Has Group 1 form and although beaten by Mystic Journey last start, she has the ability to turn the tables.
The Lindsay Park-trained filly has three wins at Flemington, which is a big bonus and she looks to have rebounded after two average efforts to close her 2018 campaign.
Tricky draw but is likely to get back and storm home late.
Le Romain ($23) Bet Now
Not quite running at his best but he was only 1.9 lengths behind Alizee last start and that form should hold up nicely.
Punters will have to take him on trust at this stage of his career.
Trap For Fools ($34) Bet Now
Has good tactical speed and was a Group 1 winner in the Kennedy Mile during the Melbourne Spring Carnival last year.
Tough to completely discount that form and although he’s inconsistent at best, he deserves attention and there are worse bets in the All Star Mile.
Hellova Street ($46) Bet Now
Well-backed during the week after opening at $51. That’s on the back of a win at Launceston and Tasmanian form has been stacking up nicely.
This is much harder, however, and he would need to produce a career-best performance to get up.
He Or She ($126) Bet Now
Another runner which shouldn’t be in the field. Ran last in three consecutive races before running fourth at Flemington last start.