Race conditions for the All-Star Mile, a resounding inaugural success, have undergone significant change including expansion into the international arena.
With 2019 winner Mystic Journey due to resume in Saturday’s PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield – site of next year’s $5 million Mile – Racing Victoria has revealed several key changes.
— New Zealand residents will be allowed to vote for their favourite horses to get a start in the race.
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Mystic Journey won the inaugural All-Star Mile at Flemington in March. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
— An increase in field size to 15 runners, up from 14 this year, with 10 runners voted in by the public and up to five wildcard entrants.
— The introduction of two “win and you’re in races” – the Futurity and Blamey Stakes.
— A redistribution of prizemoney for horses finishing outside the top five, with the last five home in 2020 receiving $50,000, down from $90,000 this year.
— An increase in the minimum handicap rating from 70 to 80 for horses aged four and older. — Three-year-olds will require a rating of 70.
— The introduction of a minimum performance criteria, requiring horses at the close of nominations to have either run in the first three in a black type race or have won $20,000 or more by finishing in the top three of a flat race from February 1, 2019.
Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter said it was possible Mystic Journey could attempt to defend her crown on March 14 next year.
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He also hinted the race could grow even further internationally as it attempts to build remarkable race-day metrics. Group 1 status was possible, if not a priority.
Flemington’s hosting of the meeting attracted 16,059 spectators – up from 5716 on the corresponding day in 2018 – and generated $65 million in turnover, a rise of $12 million.
RV fielded almost 140,000 votes. Female voters made up 43 per cent of the total vote while the 25-34 age group was the most engaged.
“The changes to the conditions will ensure that The All-Star Mile is a contest befitting of its status,” Carpenter said. “We’re confident that the enhancements will ensure that.”
Nominations for the All-Star Mile open in December with voting to start in January.
Originally published asRV give Kiwis vote in All-Star Mile revamp
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