Crystal Mile

The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight for age mile event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

2019 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #12 Chief Ironside
  • 2nd: #5 Cliff's Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Best Of Days



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 $300,000 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 Cantala 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 a host of Group status races held at The Valley at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The 2019 Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 26, 2019 as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley and was won by French raider Chief Ironside.

Crystal Mile 2019
Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO&UP WFA
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2019 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #12 Chief Ironside
  • 2nd: #5 Cliff’s Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Best Of Days

The internationals made it back-to-back wins on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day with David Menuisier’s French-trained galloper Chief Ironside taking out the Crystal Mile 2019 results one race after Ireland’s Hunting Horn took out the Moonee Valley Cup. Chief Ironside at the blowout odds narrowly defeated local hope and last year’s winner Cliff’s Edge, while market mover Best Of Days ran third.

Read more on the upset 2019 Crystal Mile win by Chief Ironside from France.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 12 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Jamie Spencer 6 59kg $26
2 5 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 0.1L 3 59kg $10
3 7 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0.2L 10 59kg $7
4 9 PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 0.6L 7 59kg $8
5 3 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 0.7L 4 59kg $4F
6 10 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 0.9L 5 59kg $6.50
7 2 DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Michael Rodd 1L 2 59kg $31
8 13 MADISON COUNTY (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 1.4L 11 58.5kg $6
9 1 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Damien Oliver 4.4L 8 59kg $11
10 4 POUNAMU Michael Kent Craig Williams 12.4L 9 59kg $61
11 6 DREAM CASTLE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 14.4L 1 59kg $17
8 KASPERSKY (IRE) Michelle Payne Ms Michelle Payne 0
11 ROX THE CASTLE (NZ) Kerry Edwards Luke Nolen 0

2019 Crystal Mile Betting Odds

The latest Crystal Mile 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 Crystal Mile field and barriers 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 2019 Crystal Mile Final Field drew 13 gallopers before the early withdrawal of the widely-drawn Kaspersky who was to have been ridden by Melbourne Cup winning hoop Michelle Payne. Updated Crystal Mile betting on the remaining runners has Dreamforce leading the way, while the field also features the defending champion Cliff’s Edge chasing back-to-back wins for the first time since Weasel Will (2000-01).

Update: #11 Rox The Castle (12) is the latest scratching from the Crystal Mile 2019 field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 112142×037 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Damien Oliver 8 59kg 112
2 x211x114x8 DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Michael Rodd 2 59kg 104
3 1x8132x120 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 112
4 12x332x70x POUNAMU Michael Kent Craig Williams 9 59kg 104
5 1516×32066 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3 59kg 105
6 0x111050x9 DREAM CASTLE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 1 59kg 110
7 11x5Nx7380 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 108
8 x5252720x0 KASPERSKY (IRE) Michelle Payne Ms Michelle Payne 13 59kg 99
9 x6451252x4 PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 7 59kg 104
10 42170×4634 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 59kg 103
11 811×921121 ROX THE CASTLE (NZ) Kerry Edwards Luke Nolen 12 59kg 100
12 337x6306x0 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Jamie Spencer 6 59kg 95
13 1x13422x97 MADISON COUNTY (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 11 58.5kg 106

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Crystal Mile
1st Chief Ironside 1 minute 35.46 seconds
2nd Cliff’s Edge
3rd Best Of Days
2018
Crystal Mile
1st Cliff’s Edge 1 minute 35.40 seconds
2nd Prized Icon
3rd Duca Valentinois
2017
Crystal Mile
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Religify
3rd It’s Somewhat
2016
Crystal Mile
1st The United States 1 minute 39.79 seconds
2nd Lidari
3rd Ulmann
2015
Crystal Mile
1st Turn Me Loose 1 minute 35.0 seconds
2nd Bow Creek
3rd Lucky Hussler
2014
Crystal Mile
1st Hooked 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd Bull Point
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013
Crystal Mile
1st Toydini 1 minute 36.04 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Sacred Falls
2012
Crystal Mile
1st Silent Achiever 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Solzhenitsyn
2011
Crystal Mile
1st Testa My Patience 1 minute 36.74 seconds
2nd Hawks Bay
3rd He’s Remarkable
2010
Crystal Mile
1st Sound Journey 1 minute 36.71 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Drumbeats
2009
Crystal Mile
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 34.96 seconds
2nd Sound Of Nature
3rd All American
2008
Crystal Mile
1st Sea Battle 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Conquering
3rd Orange County
2007
Crystal Mile
1st Sonic Quest 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Orange County
3rd Tears I Cry
2006
Crystal Mile
1st Flash Trick 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Rockford Bay
2005
Crystal Mile
1st Niconero 1 minute 39.4 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Miss Potential
2004
Crystal Mile
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Lord Mick
3rd Sir Dex
2003
Crystal Mile
1st Rosina Lad 1 minute 38.3 seconds
2nd Walk On Air
3rd Archave
2002
Crystal Mile
1st Royal Code 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Weasel Will
3rd Excellerator
2001
Crystal Mile
1st Weasel Will 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Typhoon
2000
Crystal Mile
1st Weasel Will 1 minute 38.7 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Czar Hero

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