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.
|Date:||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|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).
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.
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
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
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|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|
|2011||Testa My Patience||Hawks Bay||He's Remarkable||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|
|1998||Rustic Dream||Corporate James||Irish Air||1:36.0|
|1997||Holy Roller||Miss Tessla||Mighty Way||1:36.2|
|1994||State Taj||Play Or Pay||Innocent King||1:35.1|
|1993||Carsons Cash||Station Hand||Mr Untouchable||1:34.3|
|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|