2022 The All-Star Mile Final Field: Callsign Mav Late Addition

March 15, 2022

2022 The All-Star Mile Final Field: Callsign Mav Late Addition

Danny O’Brien’s smart Kiwi expat Callsign Mav has been accepted as a late addition to Saturday’s $5 million The All-Star Mile field at Flemington following the popular South Australian galloper Regalo Di Gaetano due to injury.

Zaaki (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Zaaki is favourite to take out the $5 million The All-Star Mile at Flemington this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Winner of last November’s Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, the Richard Jolly-trained Regalo Di Gaetano was confirmed a non-runner in the 2022 All-Star Mile field by the stable on Tuesday morning.

“Regalo Di Gaetano will not be competing in The All Star Mile. Unfortunately he is not 100% and the welfare of the horse comes first,” @RJollyRacing confirmed on Twitter.

“Devastating for all involved but we wish the other contenders the best of luck in the race.”

Getting the 11th-hour call-up to take his spot in the fourth running of the world’s richest mile race, Callsign Mav gets his chance at atonement after a disappointing run in last weekend’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

A multiple Group 1 winner across the Tasman, the Atlante five-year-old was competitive fresh this prep when runner-up in the Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup (1600m) before his Super Saturday flop.

O’Brien is confident the horse will be better on the quick back-up dropping back to a mile.

“I think her found the 2000 metres a bridge too far with that tempo there on Saturday,” O’Brien said.

“It was a brutal 2000 and while he’s going well, he just couldn’t run it out the way it panned out.

“It’s worked before with Regal Power doing the back-up and we will be much better suited back to the mile.”

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s Australian Guineas winner Hitotsu was a non-acceptor into the 15-horse field on Tuesday, last year’s VRC Derby champ to instead go straight to Sydney’s Group 1 $2 million Australian Derby (2400m) on April 2.

The Shane Nichols-trained Streets Of Avalon replaces Hitotsu in the official line-up, while Foxwedge four-year-old Lunar Fox took the spot of the inured Elephant earlier in piece.

Along with Lunar Fox, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist colt Captivant has been confirmed as the other emergency replacement for the withdrawn Group 1 Coolmore Classic winning mare Lighthouse from the Maher/Eustace stable.

Annabel Neasham’s Mackinnon Stakes champion from the spring Zaaki coming off a first-up Group 2 Blamey Stakes second, and the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained I’m Thunderstruck headline the field.

The only last start winners in the mix meanwhile are in-form mares Tofane and Inspirational Girl coming off victories in the Futurity Stakes and Blamey Stakes respectively.

The mares won the inaugural running of the event with Mystic Journey successful in 2019 at Flemington where the event returns this weekend.

The 2022 All-Star Mile Barrier Draw took place shortly after the final acceptances on Tuesday with the favourite Zaaki drawing the far outside barrier (15 of 15).

Click here for a full run down of how all horses fared in the 2022 The All-Star Mile Barrier Draw.

2022 The All-Star Mile Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1311311×55 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 1 59kg 112
2 111x1131x2 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 15 59kg 118
3 545432×315 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 6 59kg 112
4 2875483×56 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 3 59kg 108
5 40x9560x09 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Craig Newitt 14 59kg 95
6 1224251×76 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King 5 59kg 100
7 223x117x28 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 10 59kg 106
8 1111114×34 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 2 59kg 99
9 x354912x64 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Fred Kersley 9 57kg 107
10 11x3427x13 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 7 57kg 115
11 4117100×41 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 13 57kg 114
12 31112x5x61 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 4 57kg 112
13 x36728x636 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Patrick Moloney 11 56kg 106
14 9x6414x402 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 56kg 104
15 1×115 PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 8 56kg 90

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