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CRYSTAL MILE


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 2016 will be $200,000 with the winner to receive $120,000. The 2015 winner was the Murray Baker trained Turn Me Loose, ridden by Opie Bosson. Other winners of the race include Silent Achiever, Rangirangdoo, Niconero, Juggler and Solvit.

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CRYSTAL MILE RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Race Time: 14:35 AEST
Race Code: MR7
Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1,600 metres
Race Type: Weight For Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2016 Winner: The United States
2016 Crystal Mile Results

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
1 THE UNITED STATES 1ST $3.20 (win)
4 LIDARI 2ND $7.40 (pl)
8 ULMANN 3RD NTD
7 FEDERAL 4TH -


2016 CRYSTAL MILE TIPS

2016 CRYSTAL MILE TIPS

THE UNITED STATES

The Robert Hickmott trained entire lined up at Moonee Valley on this day last year. Landing a victory that day, the win wasn’t in this race but in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he defeated Prince Of Penzance. On a different preparation this year, the Irish import will be second-up this campaign but with a seven week gap between runs following his resumption in the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam on September 3. Near last as the field turned for home, he was behind a wall of horses and eventually had to angle wide to find open space. The 7YO really let down well down the Moonee Valley straight, making strong ground in an eye-catching performance to finish 3.75 lengths from the winner Awesome Rock. When second-up his record stands at 3:1-2-0 and he met with early support in the UBET market after opening at $3.70 and firming into... read more The Robert Hickmott trained entire lined up at Moonee Valley on this day last year. Landing a victory that day, the win wasn’t in this race but in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he defeated Prince Of Penzance. On a different preparation this year, the Irish import will be second-up this campaign but with a seven week gap between runs following his resumption in the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam on September 3. Near last as the field turned for home, he was behind a wall of horses and eventually had to angle wide to find open space. The 7YO really let down well down the Moonee Valley straight, making strong ground in an eye-catching performance to finish 3.75 lengths from the winner Awesome Rock. When second-up his record stands at 3:1-2-0 and he met with early support in the UBET market after opening at $3.70 and firming into $3.30 after a string of early bets. read less

FEDERAL

5 year-old gelding Federal will line up over the 1600m distance for the first time in his 16 start career. In those 16 starts, the John O’Shea trained 5YO has missed a placing just 4 times. The Spring campaign has produced three starts and placings in each, beginning in the 1000m G3 Concorde Stakes. Run on a heavy 8 he settled at the rear and was finishing sharply to finish 2nd, beaten 1.5 lengths. Second-up in the 1400m G3 Bill Ritchie Handicap and carrying 54.5kg he settled closer to the pace and found apposition in the rail and again closed out strongly, beaten under a half-length along the rails where the ground was inferior. Taken to Melbourne and lining up in the 1400m Listed Paris Lane handicap at Flemington, the gelding was allotted 57kg and this time settled much further back and flashed home down the big straight to be... read more 5 year-old gelding Federal will line up over the 1600m distance for the first time in his 16 start career. In those 16 starts, the John O’Shea trained 5YO has missed a placing just 4 times. The Spring campaign has produced three starts and placings in each, beginning in the 1000m G3 Concorde Stakes. Run on a heavy 8 he settled at the rear and was finishing sharply to finish 2nd, beaten 1.5 lengths. Second-up in the 1400m G3 Bill Ritchie Handicap and carrying 54.5kg he settled closer to the pace and found apposition in the rail and again closed out strongly, beaten under a half-length along the rails where the ground was inferior. Taken to Melbourne and lining up in the 1400m Listed Paris Lane handicap at Flemington, the gelding was allotted 57kg and this time settled much further back and flashed home down the big straight to be again miss by under a half-length. read less

HE OR SHE

The Hayes/Dabernig trained gelding has placed at each of his past three starts, all in Group 1 events. The most recent start, while it was a 3rd, occurred in the three horse Caulfield Stakes. Settling at the rear of the three, Craig Williams sat back and watched as Black Heart Bart and Winx battled it out down the Caulfield straight. In fact all four races that He Or She has contested this campaign have been in Group 1 races. Resuming in the Memsie he finished 7th behind Black Heart Bart over the 1400m trip. Stepping up to the 16000m of the Makybe Diva he finished well for 3rd behind Palentino. Out to the 1800m of The Underwood Stakes he again placed behind Black Heart Bart. A three-time winner over 1600m Dwayne Dunn replaces the suspended Craig Williams at what will be the chestnut’s first race appearance at Moonee Valley.



THE ROUGHIE TIP

THE ROUGHIE TIP

ULMANN

One of four Darren Weir trained runners in the race, Ulmann has been a consistent performer throughout his twenty start career. Two starts back in the Listed Tontonan Handicap he carried 55kg to a two length 2nd behind Bon Aurum who then won the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke at his next start. Following that 2nd the 5YO gelding lined up in the Listed Paris Lane Handicap and carried 54kg to victory over the 1400m journey. Sprinting sharply over the closing stages, Ulmann was able to record a 33.75 second closing 600m sectional in recording the neck win with Federal finishing 3rd in the race. Ulmann has one win and one second from two attempts at 1600m, the win coming at Sandown and the second in the G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas in 2015, the same race that witnessed the start of the unbeaten streak of Winx.



CRYSTAL MILE INFORMATION

CRYSTAL MILE INFORMATION

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).



PREVIOUS CRYSTAL MILE WINNERS

PREVIOUS CRYSTAL MILE WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
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