The scratching of Jungle Edge will take some of the sting out of the tempo.
Religify looks the likely leader with Burning Front coming across from the wide gate to settle on the pace.
Its Somewhat will settle just behind the pace from the inside barrier.
Petrology is the off-pace runner and will settle near the rear.
4 of the past 10 favourites in this race have been successful.
There has been a different trainer win this race every year for the past 8 years.
The only trainer to win this race in the past 12 years with a runner is Chris Waller.
4 jockeys that have rides in the race have won this in the past 8 years- McEvoy, Williams, Shinn and Brown.
Sound Proposition has its 1st Melbourne start. It has raced left-handed in NZ, although has not won that way.
Lucky Hussler competes in his 2nd Crystal Mile- he was 3rd to Turn Me Loose in 2015.
Gear changes to factor are Antonio Giuseppe with the winkers off.
Burning Front has a good record at The Valley of 5: 3-1-0.
Irish import Calderon is second-up. His record when 2 runs in is 3: 0-2-1.
Religify is a four-time winner at the mile.
Tight at the top of the market with Its Somewhat, Burning Front and Religify all disputing favouritism.
Its Somewhat $4.60 --> $4.40.
Burning Front $4.60 --> $4.80.
Religify $5 --> $4.80.
Petrology has been well specked at $15 and has firmed 1 point.
The Crystal Mile is a standard weight-for-age event held for horses 3YO and older at Moonee Valley. The race is run over 1600m as part of Cox Plate day and is often used by horses that are following a path of Toorak Handicap, Crystal Mile, Longines Mile (formerly the Emirates Stakes).
First held in 1982 under handicap conditions, the race changed to weight-for-age in 2012. A Listed race from its inception it was granted Group 3 status in 1986. The race was elevated to the current Group 2 classification in 1996.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 will be $200,000 with the winner to receive $120,000. The 2016 winner was the Robert Hickmott trained The United States, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Other winners of the race include Turn Me Loose, Silent Achiever, Rangirangdoo, Niconero, Juggler and Solvit.
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|Date:||Saturday, 28th October 2017|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||The United States|
|2016 Crystal Mile Results|
The Crystal Mile is a prestigious Group 2 race held on Cox Plate Day. A weight-for-age contest, it is run over 1600m and tends to suit strong milers. Being one of the more prominent mile races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, it attracts some handy competitors from across the country. Starting back in 1982, the event has continued to gain prominence, going from a Listed Race to a Group 3 in 1986, and then a Group 2 in 1997.
It was originally an Open Handicap until 2012 when it was changed to weight-for-age. Notable winners of the Crystal Mile include Juggler (1995), Niconero (2005), Rangirangdoo (2009) and Silent Achiever (2012).
|2016||THE UNITED STATES||KERRIN MCEVOY||ROBERT HICKMOTT||01:39.7|
|2015||TURN ME LOOSE||OPIE BOSSON||MURRAY BAKER||01:35.0|
|2014||HOOKED||CRAIG WILLIAMS||JOHN THOMPSON||01:34.9|
|2013||TOYDINI||BLAKE SHINN||MICHAEL HAWKES||01:36.0|
|2012||SILENT ACHIEVER||JAMES MCDONALD||ROGER JAMES||01:35.6|
|2011||TESTA MY PATIENCE||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:36.7|
|2010||SOUND JOURNEY||MICHAEL RODD||PETER GELAGOTIS||01:36.7|
|2009||RANGIRANGDOO||COREY BROWN||CHRIS WALLER||01:34.9|
|2008||SEA BATTLE||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||01:36.3|
|2007||SONIC QUEST||DANNY NIKOLIC||LEE FREEDMAN||01:35.9|
|2006||FLASH TRICK||STEVEN KING||COLIN & CINDY ALDERSON||01:37.2|