One of the major support races on a bumper nine-event card at Moonee Valley’s Cox Plate Day this Saturday is the 2011 Crystal Mile which has drawn a quality final field of 12 acceptors.
Scheduled as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 4:40pm (AEDST), the $200,000 Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) has traditionally been used as a chief lead-up race for gallopers heading towards the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes over the Flemington mile on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The 2009 Emirates Stakes winner All American came off a third in that year’s Crystal Mile, as did Tears I Cry back in 2007.
This year the Crystal Mile betting favourite at Luxbet is the Mick Price-trained Testa My Patience who has been supported early in from $3.40 to $3.20.
Drawn well mid-field in barrier six and due to be ridden by Craig Newitt, five-year-old Testa Rossa gelding Test My Patience is a very consistent sprinter-miler that has only finished out of the top three once in their 13 career starts.
Over the mile they boast a tidy record of one win, a second and a fourth from three attempts and although Saturday is their first Group race assignment, at their only black-type start to date Testa My Patience finished a game second to Group 1 winner Atomic Force over 1100 metres at Caulfield back in August.
Last start Test My Patience claimed a commanding two and a half length victory over 1400 metres at Caulfield carrying 57kg and dropping right back to 53.5kg in the Crystal Mile they look the deserved favourite.
In a relatively open market there are four other 2011 Crystal Mile hopes under double-figures:
- #6 Luen Yat Forever ($4.80 Luxbet) – Peter Moody’s in-form six-year-old made an impressive form turnaround when finishing third behind King Mufhasa and Moody’s 2011 Cox Plate hope King’s Rose in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield last start, Luen Yat Forever beaten just half a length
- #4 Triple Elegance ($6 Luxbet) – Chris Waller-trained Mossman gelding gets the inside run from barrier one, ran a good third to Sincero in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1500m) at Caulfield two starts back before their disappointing 10th in the Epsom, makes their Melbourne debut here and the draw suits their racing style so a definite place chance
- #12 He’s Remarkable ($6 Luxbet) – Roger James’ Kiwi raider comes off great form back home in New Zealand winning back-to-back races over 1400m and 1600m respectively, their mile record is impressive (4:2-1-1) and is weighted to win at just 52.5kg
- #3 Dao Dao ($9 Luxbet) – Hawkes-trained galloper ran second in the Emirates Stakes last year, hasn’t won since April of 2009 so can’t see it challenging for the win but was far from disgraced when coming from barrier 13 of 13 to finishing three lengths away fifth in the Toorak last start
Other notable Crystal Mile acceptors this year include last-start Caulfield winner over a mile with 58kg Happy Trails ($12) who is down to 52.5kg on Saturday, Chris Waller-trained veteran Danleigh ($10) who is the 58kg topweight, the Michael Kent-trained Blackie ($15) and Kiwi raider Ginga Dude ($21) who ran third in the Cranbourne Cup last-start.
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2011 Drummond Golf Crystal Mile Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X461976X66||DANLEIGH||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||58kg||114|
|2||X40798X613||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||Michael Walker||2||55.5kg||107|
|3||2X32708X75||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||55kg||105|
|4||1130X60930||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1||55kg||105|
|5||44113511X0||HAWKS BAY||Neil Dyer||Dean Yendall||12||54.5kg||104|
|6||X89290X453||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||9||54.5kg||103|
|7||6X6430X580||PLAYWRIGHT (NZ)||Steve Richards||Dean Holland||3||53.5kg||100|
|8||9499X751X6||SILVER GRECIAN (GB)||John Moore||Darren Beadman||7||53.5kg||101|
|9||X11112X231||TESTA MY PATIENCE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||6||53.5kg||101|
|10||41X1117X20||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||11||52.5kg||98|
|11||52542X8031||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Craig Williams||4||52.5kg||91|
|12||2530960X11||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||Corey Brown||5||52.5kg||89|