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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

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
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO&UP WFA
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
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.

Read our full 2017 Crystal Mile Betting Tips.

Crystal Mile Betting Odds

The latest Crystal Mile odds and betting markets will listed below complete with links to 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.

Read more on the 2017 Crystal Mile Field & Top Fancies.

# 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
16 116x1611x2 RELIGIFY G 7 Chris Waller 108
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

Year Place Horse Time
Crystal Mile
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Religify
3rd It’s Somewhat
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1st The United States 1 minute 39.79 seconds
2nd Lidari
3rd Ulmann
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1st Turn Me Loose 1 minute 35.0 seconds
2nd Bow Creek
3rd Lucky Hussler
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1st Hooked 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd Bull Point
3rd Desert Jeuney
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1st Toydini 1 minute 36.04 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Sacred Falls
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1st Silent Achiever 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Solzhenitsyn
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1st Testa My Patience 1 minute 36.74 seconds
2nd Hawks Bay
3rd He’s Remarkable
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1st Sound Journey 1 minute 36.71 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Drumbeats
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1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 34.96 seconds
2nd Sound Of Nature
3rd All American
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1st Sea Battle 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Conquering
3rd Orange County
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1st Sonic Quest 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Orange County
3rd Tears I Cry
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1st Flash Trick 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Rockford Bay
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1st Niconero 1 minute 39.4 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Miss Potential
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1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Lord Mick
3rd Sir Dex
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1st Rosina Lad 1 minute 38.3 seconds
2nd Walk On Air
3rd Archave
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1st Royal Code 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Weasel Will
3rd Excellerator
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1st Weasel Will 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Typhoon
Crystal Mile
1st Weasel Will 1 minute 38.7 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Czar Hero

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