The All-Star Mile 2022 Barrier Draw: Zaaki Draws 15 of 15

March 15, 2022

The All-Star Mile 2022 Barrier Draw: Zaaki Draws 15 of 15

The official 2022 The All-Star Mile barrier draw has been confirmed with the Annabel Neasham-trained favourite Zaaki the last to drew and pegged with a difficult assignment from barrier 15 of 15.

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

2022 The All-Star Mile favourite Zaaki is drawn barrier 15 of 15. Photo: Steve Hart.

The lucrative weight-for-age $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) features a 15-starter field with Zaaki, looking to go one better than his first-up second in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes, heading markets at Ladbrokes.com.au despite coming up with the outside alley for jockey Jye McNeil.

The favourites in The All-Star Mile betting had mixed luck with the second elect, the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained I’m Thunderstruck coming up trumps with the inside alley.

The inside proved the right part of the track to be at headquarters last weekend with 100/1 pop Roch ‘N’ Horse winning the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in a shock upset.

Shocking four-year-old I’m Thunderstruck, to be ridden by Jamie Kah, presents fit third-up this weekend off back-to-back fifths, the spring’s $7.5 million The Golden Eagle champion beaten twice at Caulfield in the CF Orr and Futurity Stakes.

He gets up to a mile on Saturday for the first time since his Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) win last prep and should relish the extra furlong.

The mare that ran Zaaki down late in the Blamey Stakes, the Danny O’Brien-trained Inspirational Girl, gets her chance at another upset from an ideal barrier four draw with Damian Lane in the saddle.

A six-year-old daughter of Reliable Man formerly prepared in Perth, she will need to be good to beat a fitter Zaaki again in the rematch but has a flawless four-from-four record over a mile making her a genuine winning hope at value All-Star Mile odds.

O’Brien is dually represented in this year’s All-Star Mile field with his Kiwi expat, Callsign Mav, an 11th-hour call-up to replace the injured Regalo Di Gaetano.

Out to atone for a disappointing eighth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) last weekend, the galloper is on the quick back-up drawn barrier 10 for jockey Ben Allen.

The mares were on top in the inaugural The All-Star Mile results at Flemington back in 2019 with Mystic Journey saluting from gate 13 (of 14).

Another last start winning mare is drawn that barrier with the race returning to headquarters for the fourth edition on Saturday, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Sierra Sue to be ridden by John Allen.

Her latest run produced a good victory in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), but her mile record is poor (5:0-1-0).

A total of four mares contest the race this weekend with Inspirational Girl and Sierra Sue joined by $2 million The Invitation winner Icebath in barrier nine and Michael Moroney’s CF Orr winner Tofane, coming off a third in the Futurity, in gate seven.

There are also a trio of three-year-olds looking to steal the show.

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Captivant comes in as the emergency for last weekend’s Coolmore Classic winner Lighthouse and is chasing his first win since the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) as a two-year-old last April.

Peter Moody’s Zoustar colt Lightsaber finished runner-up in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at the track and distance last start, the fit youngster looking a threat out in barrier 12.

The last to line-up is Street Boss gelding Pinstriped for Enver Jusufovic, the classy chestnut undefeated up until his credible fifth in the Australian Guineas on March 5.

The 2022 All-Star Mile is set to run as Flemington Race 7 on Saturday with the latest markets available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

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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