The All-Star Mile is worth $5 million and it runs this Saturday at Caulfield. Some of Australasia’s best thoroughbreds do battle in the race that has been making headlines this season.
Can Alligator Blood justify favouritism? Or will Kiwi hopeful Melody Belle take the cash? We have our best bets and value runners for the 2020 All-Star Mile.
All-Star Mile Preview & Betting Tips
Our best bets for All-Star Mile
Alligator Blood @ $2.90 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Melody Belle @ $5 Bet Now
Regal Power @ $12 Bet Now
All-Star Mile Form Guide & Tips
1. Kolding ($11) Bet Now
Kolding is all class on his day and although disappointing last start, he was always going to need the run. He’s a Group 1 winner that is unbeaten in two starts over the mile, so leave him out of calculations at your own risk.
Punters are getting great odds and he’s a first-four selection.
2. Black Heart Bart ($41) Bet Now
The nine-year-old has done some amazing things throughout his career, but this would be the most amazing. He’s unlikely to trouble them, given his fresh up run for sixth, but he’s a six-time winner at Caulfield.
He will have his loyal followers, but not us on this occasion.
3. Fierce Impact ($9.50) Bet Now
Fierce Impact has every chance to win this race and his odds suggest as much. The former Japanese runner is bred for these races, and his form this season has been solid.
He finished second at Group 1 level fresh up before running third behind Te Akau Shark at Randwick. That form should hold nicely.
4. Regal Power (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
Regal Power produced a big run to finish second behind Fifty Stars last start, and that bodes well for a big run.
The four-year-old from Perth is a six-time winner from 19 starts, which could be good enough to take out the All-Star Mike. He’s paying a good price and William Pike could score a big win in Melbourne.
5. Streets of Avalon ($34) Bet Now
That was an impressive win last start when beating Super Seth at Caulfield, so punters shouldn’t completely rule out his chances.
He might be a step below this field in terms of class, but he loves this track and he only needs some luck from a wide barrier.
6. So Si Bon ($61) Bet Now
He’s a tough runner to follow at the best of times and we believe his best might be behind him. It was a good fourth behind Fifty Stars last start, but this field is much harder and he’s likely to struggle.
7. Mr Quickie ($13) Bet Now
The Phillip Stokes-trained runner is fresh up since October, so it’s going to be tough to win this race. However, he’s classy at best and he has been primed with a trial win at Cranbourne.
Damien Oliver rides, so that’s a positive, but it would be a great training feat if he got it done.
8. Star Missile ($101) Bet Now
Star Missile got enough votes to get into the field but he’s unlikely to do any damage. His most recent run at The Valley resulted in a last-place finish.
It doesn’t bode well for this triple-figure chance.
9. Melody Belle (Best Each Way – $5) Bet Now
The Kiwi runner is a winner of 15 from 27 starts, including 10 at the Group 1 level. She was beaten by Streets of Avalon last start, but we’re expecting the tables to be turned in her favour here.
She’s a quality type that loves this distance and is ideally-placed from barrier five. Opie Bosson has been cleaning up the Group 1’s in Australia this year, and he could add another this Saturday.
10. Aristia ($51) Bet Now
The four-year-old mare is running below her best and her second-up form doesn’t read well. She has had four second-up starts for just two third placings.
We’re prepared to leave her out of selections.
11. Alligator Blood (Best Bet – $2.90) Bet Now
Alligator Blood is a champion in the making and he just keeps winning. He has won 10 of his 11 starts, and is still a touch underrated.
His win last start at Flemington was all class and he makes his own luck out in front. He should be able to cross the field from barrier 10, and even if he doesn’t, he has the turn-of-foot to run them down.
We’re happy to take the $2.90 on offer.
12. Dalasan ($51) Bet Now
Dalasan is capable of producing an upset but his recent form has been only fair. We’re not sure he’s running well enough this campaign to trouble them.
13) Superstorm ($14) Bet Now
Punters have to respect the Perth runners because they’re going well. Superstorm ran second behind Alligator Blood last start, and that’s a great form guide for this.
It will be his first run at Caulfield, which isn’t ideal, and that’s why he’s not in our first three selections.
14. Heart of Puissance ($41) Bet Now
Surprisingly short in the market, given his form and lack of experience at the top level. He’s a winner of two from four starts, but should be severely outclassed.
Flit – $16
Spanish Reef – $101
Admiral’s Joker – $91
Gold Fields – $201