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The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight for age mile event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.
2017 Crystal Mile Results
- 1st: #2 Lucky Hussler
- 2nd: #4 Religify
- 3rd: #1 It's Somewhat
Crystal Mile News
Held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day, the Crystal Mile is a key mile race at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the weight-for-age showdown attracts a strong group of milers which can tackle the 1600m distance. Many of these horses will come via the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and will go on to compete in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) held a week later on Victoria Derby Day. Turn Me Loose (2015) was the last horse to complete the Crystal Mile – VRC Cantala Stakes (now the Kennedy Mile) double.
The Crystal Mile is one of seven Group status races held at The Valley at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 $3 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).
The 2017 Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 28, 2017 as part of Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley.
|Crystal Mile 2017|
|Date:||Saturday October 28, 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO&UP WFA|
2017 Crystal Mile Results
- 1st: #2 Lucky Hussler
- 2nd: #4 Religify
- 3rd: #1 It’s Somewhat
Check out the official Crystal Mile 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more about the ultra-impressive three length win by Darren Weir’s comeback galloper Lucky Hussler who beat home the better fancied Religify (2nd) and beaten favourite It’s Somewhat (3rd) on way to a possible back-up into the 2017 Kennedy Mile field on Derby Day.
|1||2||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||–||5||59kg||$9|
|2||4||RELIGIFY||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3L||3||59kg||$5|
|3||1||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||4L||1||59kg||$4.40F|
|4||8||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||4.3L||4||59kg||$5.50|
|5||3||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||5.8L||8||59kg||$6|
|6||10||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||6.2L||7||58.5kg||$17|
|7||7||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||6.95L||9||59kg||$11|
|8||9||CALDERON (IRE)||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||7.7L||6||59kg||$31|
|9||6||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||8.45L||2||59kg||$19|
|–||5||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||–||0||–||–|
2017 Crystal Mile Tips
- 1st: #1 It’s Somewhat
- 2nd: #3 Burning Front
- 3rd: #2 Lucky Hussler
It’s a wide open race and anything could win, but have a feeling second-up the improver will be IT’S SOMEWHAT ($5). Challenging for favouritism despite this being his first look at the notorious Moonee Valley track. Won the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney over the autumn during a string of wins and can return to form second-up after giving weight away in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (10th) first-up. Record two runs in is solid, right metres and gets things his way from the inside alley with Kerrin McEvoy coming aboard. BURNING FRONT ($5) can run on late off a likely hot pace and is on the quick turnaround after the good Moonga Stakes second at Caulfield last time out. Relishes the return to 1600m (14: 7-2-2) for the first time since a Group 3 Adelaide win in May and loves The Valley (5:3-1-0). LUCKY HUSSLER ($6.50) is the other Darren Weir-trained runner who can be forgiven for the luckless run at Caulfield on October 14. Got caught up and carried 61.5kg. Better at WFA over a mile and has upside.
Crystal Mile Betting Odds
The latest Crystal Mile odds and betting markets will listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of Cox Plate Day so you can lock in your top Crystal Mile betting tips.
2017 Crystal Mile Field
The Crystal Mile field draws some of the top weight-for-agers currently engaged in their spring campaign. Good lead-up races into the Crystal Mile field include the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield the weekend before or the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) for gallopers looking to come back down in class and distance.
The 2017 Crystal Mile field and barriers were released are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below as soon as announced by the Moonee Valley Racing Club.
The official Crystal Mile 2017 Final Field drew a line-up of 10 milers with three fighting for early favouritism in betting. Market mover is the Doncaster Mile winner in Sydney It’s Somewhat drawn the rails, while the Darren Weir-trained Burning Front is out to improve on a second in last weekend’s Group 3 Moonga Stakes. Chris Waller saddles-up two chances led by Hugh Bowman’s mount Religify drawn a treat in barrier three and coming off the close Weekend Hussler second over 1400m under a big weight.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||313x1119x0||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1||59kg||113|
|2||91x705x600||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||6||59kg||110|
|3||114119×072||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||9||59kg||104|
|4||116x1611x2||RELIGIFY||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||108|
|5||1351207687||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||5||59kg||106|
|6||6832198383||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||2||59kg||97|
|7||x1240x5427||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||10||59kg||103|
|8||80×3501125||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||4||59kg||106|
|9||6557x135x0||CALDERON (IRE)||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||7||59kg||105|
|10||3510×68220||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||8||58.5kg||92|
2017 Crystal Mile Nominations
The Crystal Mile 2017 nominations are released on the Monday of Cox Plate Day and will be available below once released.
The 2017 Crystal Mile Nominations attracted 22 weight-for-age hopefuls including six for Chris Waller, who saddles-up Winx for her shot at a third Cox Plate on the day. Among Waller’s possible runners in the Crystal Mile field are Tom Melbourne who could take Winx on the Cox Plate field instead and Craven Plate third placegetter McCreery.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x1240x5427||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|2||114119×072||BURNING FRONT||G||7||Darren Weir||104|
|3||6557x135x0||CALDERON (IRE)||H||5||Tony McEvoy||105|
|4||0x233716x4||COLDSTONE (FR)||G||6||Michael Kent||90|
|5||14×3119008||FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE)||G||5||William Haggas||90|
|6||0472x5x690||GOOD PROJECT||H||6||Chris Waller||102|
|7||313x1119x0||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||7||James Cummings||114|
|8||9405344339||JACQUINOT BAY||G||10||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||92|
|9||1351207687||JUNGLE EDGE||G||7||Mick Bell||106|
|10||91x705x600||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||8||Darren Weir||110|
|11||540x0x6535||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|12||0x741090x4||MASTER RESET||G||6||Matt Laurie||93|
|13||56495×8473||MCCREERY (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||104|
|14||1x62745x65||NEW TIPPERARY||G||5||Joseph Pride||94|
|15||6832198383||PETROLOGY||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||97|
|17||5×91375113||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||G||8||Michael Moroney||103|
|18||82x060x005||SEABURGE||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||104|
|19||4030×22833||SO SI BON||H||4||Robbie Laing||98|
|20||80×3501125||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||G||6||Kris Lees||107|
|21||6905×22226||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||103|
|22||3510×68220||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||H||4||Michael Kent||92|
Crystal Mile History
First raced in 1982 and won by Getting Closer, the Crystal Mile was originally titled the “Waterford Crystal Mile” however in 2007 it changed sponsors and is now named the “Patinack Farm Crystal Mile”. Originally a Listed race, the Crystal Mile was elevated to Group 3 status in 1986 and became a Group 2 race in 1997. The event has only been won twice by one horse named Weasel Will in 2000 and 2001. 1 minute 33.2 seconds is the record for the fastest winning time (since 1988) by Ark Regal in 1990 whereas Niconero holds the slowest time record for his 2005 win with 1 minute 39.4 seconds.
Recent Crystal Mile Winners
|1st||Lucky Hussler||1 minute 34.56 seconds|
|1st||The United States||1 minute 39.79 seconds|
|1st||Turn Me Loose||1 minute 35.0 seconds|
|1st||Hooked||1 minute 34.98 seconds|
|1st||Toydini||1 minute 36.04 seconds|
|1st||Silent Achiever||1 minute 35.6 seconds|
|1st||Testa My Patience||1 minute 36.74 seconds|
|1st||Sound Journey||1 minute 36.71 seconds|
|1st||Rangirangdoo||1 minute 34.96 seconds|
|2nd||Sound Of Nature|
|1st||Sea Battle||1 minute 36.3 seconds|
|1st||Sonic Quest||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|3rd||Tears I Cry|
|1st||Flash Trick||1 minute 37.2 seconds|
|1st||Niconero||1 minute 39.4 seconds|
|1st||Lad Of The Manor||1 minute 37 seconds|
|1st||Rosina Lad||1 minute 38.3 seconds|
|2nd||Walk On Air|
|1st||Royal Code||1 minute 36.5 seconds|
|1st||Weasel Will||1 minute 37.3 seconds|
|1st||Weasel Will||1 minute 38.7 seconds|