Crystal Mile

The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight for age mile event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

2020 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #1 Homesman
  • 2nd: #6 Age Of Chivalry
  • 3rd: #2 King's Will Dream



Held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late October as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day, the Crystal Mile is a key mile race at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $300,000 in prize money, the weight-for-age showdown attracts a strong group of milers which can tackle the 1600m distance. Many of these horses will come via the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and will go on to compete in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala Mile (1600m) held a week later on Victoria Derby Day. Turn Me Loose (2015) was the last horse to complete the Crystal Mile – Cantala Stakes (now the Kennedy Cantala) double.

The Crystal Mile is one of a host of Group status races held at The Valley at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The 2020 Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 24, 2020 as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley and was won by Homesman. 

Crystal Mile 2020
Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO&UP WFA
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2020 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #1 Homesman
  • 2nd: #6 Age Of Chivalry
  • 3rd: #2 Kings Will Dream

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Homesman ($3.90) was too good for his four rivals dominating the 2020 Crystal Mile results with a two-length win ahead of the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on November 7.

Click here to read more on the all-the-way Crystal Mile 2020 winner Homesman. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg $3.90
2 6 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2L 3 59kg $3.20EF
3 2 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 3.25L 4 59kg $3.20EF
4 9 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 5.25L 5 58.5kg $12
5 5 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 9.5L 1 59kg $6
8 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Craig Williams 0
4 OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 0
3 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 0
7 GALAXY RAIDER Grahame Begg William Pike 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Crystal Mile Betting Odds

The latest Crystal Mile 2020 odds and betting markets will listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of Cox Plate Day so you can lock in your top Crystal Mile betting tips.

2020 Crystal Mile Field

The Crystal Mile field draws some of the top weight-for-agers currently engaged in their spring campaign. Good lead-up races into the Crystal Mile field include the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield the weekend before or the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) for gallopers looking to come back down in class and distance.

The 2020 Crystal Mile field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below as soon as announced by the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Strong first-up performer Homesman lines-up as favourite in a nine-horse Crystal Mile 2020 field down in grade fresh for Wednesday’s Geelong Cup winning trainers Anthony & Sam Freedman.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x1260x70x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg 108
2 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 7 59kg 108
3 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 5 59kg 103
4 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 59kg 108
5 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 1 59kg 102
6 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 59kg 100
7 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER Grahame Begg William Pike 4 59kg 95
8 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Craig Williams 6 59kg 102
9 32x121x591 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 9 58.5kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Crystal Mile Nominations

Nominations on the Crystal Mile in 2020 are taken on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Fifteen potential Kennedy Cantala-bound milers make-up the 2020 Crystal Mile nominations including last year’s champion Chief Ironside, the French import now with Kris Lees.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x1260x70x HOMESMAN (USA) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 59kg 108
2 4116×45397 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 2 59kg 104
3 x32050x300 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 3 59kg 108
4 210×270509 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 4 59kg 104
5 5x3010x503 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 59kg 102
6 x381567450 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 6 59kg 101
7 x8100x3430 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 7 59kg 109
8 23x63x2304 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 8 59kg 100
9 11x6x83447 MR SATCHMO (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 9 59kg 100
10 010x040x36 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 10 59kg 102
11 32x121x591 RIDDLE ME THAT G 4 Matt Laurie 11 58.5kg 98
12 10x78x2828 THOUGHT OF THAT G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 58.5kg 78
13 x420142x8x OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 13 59kg 108
14 3×03071743 ROMANCER (NZ) G 7 Grahame Begg 14 59kg 96
15 x848115x97 GALAXY RAIDER G 8 Grahame Begg 15 59kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Crystal Mile History

First raced in 1982 and won by Getting Closer, the Crystal Mile was originally titled the “Waterford Crystal Mile” however in 2007 it changed sponsors and is now named the “Patinack Farm Crystal Mile”. Originally a Listed race, the Crystal Mile was elevated to Group 3 status in 1986 and became a Group 2 race in 1997. The event has only been won twice by one horse named Weasel Will in 2000 and 2001. 1 minute 33.2 seconds is the record for the fastest winning time (since 1988) by Ark Regal in 1990 whereas Niconero holds the slowest time record for his 2005 win with 1 minute 39.4 seconds.

Recent Crystal Mile Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Crystal Mile
1st Homesman 1 minute 38.42 seconds
2nd Age Of Chivalry
3rd King’s Will Dream
2019
Crystal Mile
1st Chief Ironside 1 minute 35.46 seconds
2nd Cliff’s Edge
3rd Best Of Days
2018
Crystal Mile
1st Cliff’s Edge 1 minute 35.40 seconds
2nd Prized Icon
3rd Duca Valentinois
2017
Crystal Mile
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Religify
3rd It’s Somewhat
2016
Crystal Mile
1st The United States 1 minute 39.79 seconds
2nd Lidari
3rd Ulmann
2015
Crystal Mile
1st Turn Me Loose 1 minute 35.0 seconds
2nd Bow Creek
3rd Lucky Hussler
2014
Crystal Mile
1st Hooked 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd Bull Point
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013
Crystal Mile
1st Toydini 1 minute 36.04 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Sacred Falls
2012
Crystal Mile
1st Silent Achiever 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Solzhenitsyn
2011
Crystal Mile
1st Testa My Patience 1 minute 36.74 seconds
2nd Hawks Bay
3rd He’s Remarkable
2010
Crystal Mile
1st Sound Journey 1 minute 36.71 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Drumbeats
2009
Crystal Mile
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 34.96 seconds
2nd Sound Of Nature
3rd All American
2008
Crystal Mile
1st Sea Battle 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Conquering
3rd Orange County
2007
Crystal Mile
1st Sonic Quest 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Orange County
3rd Tears I Cry
2006
Crystal Mile
1st Flash Trick 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Rockford Bay
2005
Crystal Mile
1st Niconero 1 minute 39.4 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Miss Potential
2004
Crystal Mile
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Lord Mick
3rd Sir Dex
2003
Crystal Mile
1st Rosina Lad 1 minute 38.3 seconds
2nd Walk On Air
3rd Archave
2002
Crystal Mile
1st Royal Code 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Weasel Will
3rd Excellerator
2001
Crystal Mile
1st Weasel Will 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Typhoon
2000
Crystal Mile
1st Weasel Will 1 minute 38.7 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Czar Hero

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