The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
The two classy mares that ran the Futurity Stakes quinella renew their rivalry this weekend at The Valley with Arcadia Queen tipped to turn the tables on Probabeel in the $5 million The All-Star Mile 2021.
The official The All-Star Mile field and barriers are now confirmed with the top elect, the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Arcadia Queen, drawn a treat in barrier five.
The stable took out the $5 million feature last autumn with Regal Power beating home his stablemate Superstorm at Caulfield and now they look a genuine chance at back-to-back wins.
Five-year-old Pierro mare Arcadia Queen received the highest number of public votes to confirm her spot in the 15-starter The All-Star Mile field and will be ridden by last year’s winning hoop William Pike.
Her only other Moonee Valley assignment produced a credible fifth in last October’s Cox Plate, after which she beat home Fifty Stars by nearly two lengths in the Mackinnon.
First-up she was excellent late crossing a half-length off Jamie Richards’ brilliant New Zealander Probabeel in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and she will be fitter for the run second-up getting out over a mile on Saturday.
Probabeel meanwhile is out to continue her winning ways from barrier 10 with jockey Damian Lane continuing associations with the fit Savabeel four-year-old.
She has won four of her past five starts including Randwick’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last October, which led into her Cox Plate seventh.
This time in she has won both her Caulfield starts and is at a current quote of $3.90 in All-Star Mile betting to beat Arcadia Queen home for the second time on the trot.
Despite the size and class of the field, just two other runners are under $10 to salute with the resuming Russian Camelot ($8.50) in barrier two and the Kris Lees-trained Mugatoo ($9.50) in eight for jockey Hugh Bowman.
Danny O’Brien’s Camelot four-year-old Russian Camelot has won four of his 10 career starts with his latest victory being in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) last September.
He finished runner-up to Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) next start as the beaten odds-on favourite before his nice third from a wide alley in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.
Tested at the two-miles in the Melbourne Cup after that, he was brave when under four lengths beaten and races for the first time since in the All-Star Mile off a nice lead-up trial at Werribee behind gun three-year-old Cherry Tortoni.
Mugatoo is being kept safe in the markets after his strong spring campaign that included a second in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) carrying 57kg and his Cox Plate fourth at big odds.
He resumed with a fifth behind Godolphin mare Colette in Randwick’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on February 13, the form of which was franked when she went on to run second to Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Drawn the rails and paying $12 to return to winning form is South Australian star Behemoth, while the Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is in barrier nine and at $18 to win at the same track as his big spring success.
Chris Waller’s last start Blamey Stakes champion Star Of The Seas ($15) and the spring’s Empire Rose Stakes winner Shout The Bar ($17) shape-up as the other potential value runners in The All-Star Mile markets, available in full here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.
2021 The All-Star Mile Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x222x16x7||SIR DRAGONET (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||9||59kg||115|
|2||14x1110x14||BEHEMOTH||David Jolly||Craig Williams||1||59kg||114|
|3||050984×116||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Zac Spain||14||59kg||110|
|4||02x27106x3||MR QUICKIE||Phillip Stokes||Ms Jamie Kah||13||59kg||111|
|5||0x22095x41||STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||12||59kg||108|
|6||26x11124x5||MUGATOO (IRE)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||8||59kg||111|
|7||11x11111x5||THE HARROVIAN||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Brad Stewart||7||59kg||103|
|8||15x4131x45||REGALO DI GAETANO||Richard & Chantelle Jolly||Luke Nolen||6||59kg||92|
|9||411x21238x||RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||2||58.5kg||113|
|10||5x523151x2||ARCADIA QUEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||5||57kg||115|
|11||28x2117x11||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Damian Lane||10||57kg||115|
|12||16x06014x3||SHOUT THE BAR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Michael Walker||3||57kg||110|
|13||40280115×0||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||Mark Newnham||Jye McNeil||11||57kg||105|
|14||x1121111x1||STILL A STAR||Bill Ryan||Brendon McCoull||15||57kg||100|
|15||6x64457x01||LUNAR FOX||Paul Preusker||Noel Callow||4||56kg||100|
|16e||1x8352x720||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||John Allen||0||59kg||112|
|17e||3973410×51||SO SI BON||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||0||59kg||109|
|18e||126111×851||SOVEREIGN AWARD||Danny O’Brien||0||57kg||102|
|19e||x5019212x5||AFFAIR TO REMEMBER||Dan O’Sullivan||0||57kg||98|
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