Crystal Mile

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

2021 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #7 Just Folk
  • 2nd: #2 Begood Toya Mother
  • 3rd: #5 Elephant



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 2021 Crystal Mile took place on Saturday October 23, 2021 as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley and was won in an upset by Just Folk ($15). 

Crystal Mile 2021
Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO&UP WFA
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2021 Crystal Mile Results

  • 1st: #7 Just Folk ($15)
  • 2nd: #2 Begood Toya Mother
  • 3rd: #5 Elephant

The Josh Julius-trained Just Folk ($15) handled a notable rise in grade to hold off fast-finishing Group 1 winner Begood Toya Mother ($19) in an exciting Crystal Mile 2021 result that saw the odds-on favourite Elephant run third.

Click here to read more on the upset win by Just Folk in the 2021 Crystal Mile.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 JUST FOLK Josh Julius John Allen 2 59kg $15
2 2 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Daniel Moor 0.5L 5 59kg $19
3 5 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 0.7L 1 59kg $1.90F
4 9 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 1L 3 56.5kg $14
5 1 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 4.25L 7 59kg $6
6 3 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5L 6 59kg $7.50
7 10 RHINOCEROS (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Craig Newitt 5.75L 4 51kg $9
6 SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 0
4 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 0
8 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Thornton 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Crystal Mile Betting Odds

The latest Crystal Mile 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 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.

A class line-up of potential Group 1-bound milers face off in Saturday’s Crystal Mile 2021 final field led in betting by classy New Zealand raider Elephant out to atone for a lead-up eighth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap.

  • Scratched: #4 Buffalo River (1); #6 Second Slip (8); #8 Embolism (6)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 221420×587 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 10 59kg 105
2 007x86x026 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Daniel Moor 7 59kg 98
3 346×182502 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 9 59kg 100
4 3x2340x021 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 1 59kg 104
5 1x111x1218 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 2 59kg 105
6 11125×1127 SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 8 59kg 91
7 41×4012325 JUST FOLK Josh Julius John Allen 3 59kg 82
8 15x0485x35 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Thornton 6 58.5kg 85
9 x4339x4055 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 4 56.5kg 79
10 8421811 RHINOCEROS (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Craig Newitt 5 51kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Crystal Mile Nominations

Nominations on the Crystal Mile in 2021 are taken on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 007x86x026 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER G 7 Daniel Bowman 98
2 221420×587 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings 105
3 3x2340x021 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney 104
4 x3413x5454 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 111
5 1x111x1218 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 105
6 x05548850x HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 7 Mitchell Freedman
7 41×4012325 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 82
8 54x300x474 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
9 8421811 RHINOCEROS (NZ) C 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 74
10 146x243x83 RIDDLE ME THAT G 5 Matt Laurie 95
11 346×182502 ROMANCER (NZ) G 8 Grahame Begg 100
12 11125×1127 SECOND SLIP (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 91
13 172240x60x SIRCCONI G 7 Nick Ryan 98

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
2021
Crystal Mile
1st Just Folk 1 minute 38.31 seconds
2nd Begood Toya Mother
3rd Elephant
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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