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The field is set for another epic edition of The All-Star Mile 2023, and below are our exclusive betting tips and best bets on the $5 million feature running at The Valley on Saturday.
The fourth edition of the buy-in feature event runs at Moone Valley for the second time this weekend with The All-Star Mile odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au firmly led by Alligator Blood.
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite is the market mover right into $2.70 now and looks set for a hat-trick having won the Champions Mile before the break and then saluting fresh in the Futurity.
The usual suspects are the dangers in All-Star Mile betting with the place-getters out of the Futurity – Mr Brightside (2nd) and I’m Thunderstruck (3rd) – the only other single-figure fancies tipped to challenge.
So will the Futurity trifecta repeat itself, or is there value tipping an upset All-Star Mile result from the likes of Godolphin veteran Cascadian ($14) or even Scott Brunton’s star Tassie raider The Inevitable ($26) looking to extend his incredible winning streak to seven straight?
Favourite: #2 Alligator Blood ($2.70 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s Queensland expat looks a huge winning hope for the All-Star punters with this year’s highest vote-getter racing second-up with the mile to suit. He was excellent fresh winning the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Sandown before being wound-up. A genuine weight-for-age champion this six-year-old son of All Too Hard just keeps giving and keeps finding. Great record at the 1600m (5:2-2-0) and gets the run of the race from the gate (7). Not the strongest edition of the event and he’s the class.
The Danger: #1 I’m Thunderstruck ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Last year’s runner-up to Zaaki in this event (at Flemington) is on the drift in All-Star Mile betting and represents lovely value at his current price. The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained son of Shocking is a genuine miler (4:2-2-0) and presents fit third-up and ready to peak at The Valley. Has had two runs for a first and second at the track. He returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since crossing just a quarter-length off Anamoe in last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate quinella, and that looks a very nice form line. Fourth fresh in the CF Orr under a length beaten and caught the eye last start running third behind his two main rivals again in the Mile in the Futurity. Will be right in the finish again no doubt.
Best Bet: #4 Mr Brightside ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW
While the Gator looks a huge chance to salute for the punters the value looks to be Mr Brightside for the in-form Ben & JD Hayes stable. Luke Currie rides the Bullbars five-year-old who has an inside barrier two draw at his pet track. He’s been brilliant at the notoriously tight circuit including winning the Group 2 Feehan Stakes here over the mile by 4.5 lengths last September. CF fifth, Futurity second, All-Star first?
Best Roughie: #Pounding ($31 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Outside of the dominant trio there’s value to be had with big odds on the rest of the field. A forgotten chance for Peter Moody in terrific form ticking plenty of boxes at 30/1. This Exceed And Excel four-year-old won three 1600m races on the trot starting back in December including the Group 3 Carlyon Cup by two lengths from a wide alley. Went to Flemington at the start of this month for the Group 2 Blamey Stakes and finished second up in grade. This is tougher again, but he is an out-and-out 1600m horse (9:5-2-1) and loves The Valley (3:2-0-0) and with the right ride can surprise a few of these.
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