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Crystal Mile

The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held each year at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Crystal Mile was won by The United States from Lidari with Ulmann third.

Formerly an open handicap event, the Crystal Mile changed to a weight-for-age race in 2012 to enable a WFA race to be held over 1600m between the Group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield in October and the Group 1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington in November.

This race is held on the same day as the Moonee Valley Racing Club's most prestigious race, the Group 1 WS Cox Plate.

2017 Crystal Mile info

Date: Saturday 28th October 2017
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2016 Winner: The United States

The Crystal Mile is the prominent mile race of the spring for the Moonee Valley Racing Club and usually attracts above average horses to make a hotly contested race. The race suits strong milers who can run a solid 1600m, and those horses with good track & distance form around the tight Moonee Valley track have a decided advantage over any interstate horses racing at the track for the first time.

The Gr1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield provides provides the ideal lead up to this event and horses contesting this race might consider making their way to the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. Turn Me Loose (2015) was the last galloper to take out the Crystal Mile & Emirates Stakes double.

Now that the Crystal Mile is a weight-for-age event the better horses engaged are destined to figure in the finish most of the time. Generally the winner of this race will simply be a more than handy miler best suited in Group 2 races or lower, but occasionally the winner may be capable of winning a Group 1 event later in the spring.

The United States (2016) ran sixth in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before proving too classy for his opponents in this event and recent Crystal Mile winners have been Turn Me Loose (2015) and Hooked (2014).

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The Murray Baker trained claimed the Emirates Stakes at Flemington after winning this race and Speediness (2nd in 2013) ran third in the Emirates Stakes after finishing runner-up in the Crystal Mile. Rain Drum (4th in 2013) ran second in the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

He's Remarkable (3rd in 2011) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in Perth after running third in this race, while Gathering (6th in 2010) managed to win Railway Stakes after finishing unplaced here.

All American (3rd in 2009) went on to win the Emirates Stakes during the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington while Sea Battle (2nd 2008) managed to finish runner-up in the 2008 Emirates Stakes.

Orange County (2nd in 2007) won the 2008 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes the following spring while Tears I Cry (3rd in 2007) took out the Emirates Stake the following month.

2016 Crystal Mile result

1. $3.60 The United States 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $26.00 Lidari 59.0 John Allen
3. $8.50 Ulmann 59.0 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $4.40 Federal 59.0 James McDonald
5. $4.60 He Or She 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $4.40 Royal Rapture 59.0 Brad Rawiller

Margins: 1 len, 0.3 len
Time: 1:39.79

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Crystal Mile recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 The United States Lidari Ulmann 1:39.7
2015 Turn Me Loose Bow Creek Lucky Hussler 1:35.0
2014 Hooked Bull Point Desert Jeuney 1:34.9
2013 Toydini Speediness Sacred Falls 1:36.0
2012 Silent Achiever Rangirangdoo Solzhenitsyn 1:35.6
2011 Testa My Patience Hawks Bay He's Remarkable 1:36.7
2010 Sound Journey Trader Drumbeats 1:36.7
2009 Rangirangdoo Sound Of Nature All American 1:34.9
2008 Sea Battle Conquering Orange County 1:36.3
2007 Sonic Quest Orange County Tears I Cry 1.35.9
2006 Flash Trick New Edge Rockford Bay 1:37.2
2005 Niconero Cargo Cult Miss Potential 1:39.4
2004 Lad Of The Manor Lord Mick Sir Dex 1:37.0
2003 Rosina Lad Walk On Air Archave 1:38.3
2002 Royal Code Weasel Will Excellerator 1:36.5
2001 Weasel Will Le Zagaletta Typhoon 1:37.3
2000 Weasel Will Le Zagaletta Czar Hero 1:38.7
1999 Le Zagaletta Daicos Bebetto 1:36.6
1998 Rustic Dream Corporate James Irish Air 1:36.0
1997 Holy Roller Miss Tessla Mighty Way 1:36.2
1996 Lochrae Scenic Royale Buzzoff 1:36.6
1995 Juggler State Taj Sportsbeat 1:36.7
1994 State Taj Play Or Pay Innocent King 1:35.1
1993 Carsons Cash Station Hand Mr Untouchable 1:34.3
1992 Solvit Vows Instrumental 1:33.8
1991 Fire Commander Brunchtime Gamine/Cheval C'lier 1:35.2
1990 Ark Regal Comrade Brilliant Invasion 1:33.2
1989 Fendalton High Baliff Acid Print 1:34.6
1988 True Dreams Tierra Rist Eastern Classic 1:36.9