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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.
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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