All-Star Mile 2021 Slated on March 13 at The Valley
VICTORIA, Australia – Racing Victoria has confirmed that the All-Star Mile 2021 will be on March 13, 2021. For the first time, the world’s wealthiest, 1,600-metre horse race will take place at Victoria’s Moonee Valley Racecourse. The winner of the All-Star Mile 2021 will take home $5 million in prize money. Racing Victoria proclaimed on Tuesday that, despite the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse effects on the sport this year, this cash reward would remain unchanged.
Entries will open for the All-Star Mile 2021 today, Wednesday, December 2. Racehorse owners and racehorse trainers have until January 11 to nominate gallopers for the weight-for-age or WFA contest at The Valley. Then, public voting will commence on the qualified racehorses to determine 10 of the 15 sprinters in the horse race. Based on the report posted online by the Australian website for horse racing information and news, Racenet, older horses need a rating of 80 to qualify for the All-Star Mile voting phase.
Meanwhile, three-year-old racehorses must have a minimum Victorian rating of 70. Additionally, qualified All-Star Mile racehorses must have finished in the first three in a Listed or Group competition. Otherwise, these qualifiers for the horse racing match must have earned a minimum of $20,000 for a victory or placing in a flat tilt.
The champions of the 1,400-metre Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield and February’s 1,600-metre Group Two Blamey Stakes at Flemington will earn All-Star Mile spots or automatic starts. Racing Victoria will choose three wildcard sprinters. Public voting on the All-Star Mile field opens on January 22 and will run until February 14. Voting is open to voters from New Zealand and Australia. Over the first two years, there have been over 275,000 voters.
Racing Victoria has announced a minimal modification to the voting process. If the voters’ original choice gets withdrawn before the voting period’s conclusion, they can select another racehorse. According to the news posted online by Australian horse betting tips and information portal, JustHorseRacing, the Flemington Racecourse hosted the inaugural All-Star Mile last year, in which Mystic Journey and jockey Anthony Darmanin won.
This year, the All-Star Mile competition took place at the Caulfield Racecourse as a component of the contest’s track rotation system. Regal Power and horseman William Pike captured the 2020 All-Star Mile top prize, as per the details posted online by horse racing information website, Punters.
Greg Carpenter expects both champions to be in the mix again if they get nominated. Racing Victoria’s executive general manager for racing cited that they anticipate both Regal Power and Mystic Journey to prove popular with voters if they get entered again at this point. Carpenter added that they look forward to witnessing some of the spring’s stars and some left-field entries place their claims for next year’s All-Star Mile in the voting public’s hands.
The All-Star Mile hopefuls’ connections will pay a nomination fee worth $500 to enter their horses. All of the nomination charges will serve as a donation to the Good Friday Appeal, which backs Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. In the initial two years of the world’s richest, 1,600-metre contest, the donation of All-Star Mile entry fees has raised over $100,000 for the Good Friday Appeal.