The Crystal Mile is a classic mile race run over 1600M at the Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The event is worth up to $200,000 in prize money and is run under weight for age conditions every year. The 2013 edition of this race was taken by Toydini after outclassing a number of able competitors including second placed Speediness. Sacred Falls had to settle for third. Until 2012, the Crystal Mile was actually an open handicap race before it was changed to weight for Age.
The event takes center stage on the same day as the WS Cox Plate- the most prestigious race held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse. For the better part of the last few decades, the Crystal Mile has grown to become one of the most prominent mile races in the Melbourne Spring. The Group 1 Toorak Handicap is always a typical build up for this event. Horses that perform well in the race can also consider taking on the Group 1 Emirates Stakes which comes a few weeks later.
Although in recent years not many horses have managed to win the Crystal Mile and the Emirates Stakes or The Toorak Stakes double, last year Speediness came so close after running second in the Crystal Mile on course towards a respectable third place finish in the Emirates Stakes. The Crystal Mile does not assemble elite and high profile milers and in most cases the event would be won by an above average horse experienced in Group 2 or Group 3 races. However, the champions that have emerged from this race in recent years have showcased outstanding capabilities most of who have even won a number of high profile Group 1 races.
Gathering for example finished sixth in the 2011 edition of the Crystal Mile before producing a remarkable run to claim the spoils in the Group 1 Railway Stakes. In 2009, All American won the Emirates Stakes just a few weeks after running third in the Crystal Mile. Orange County in 2008 was also on hand to claim the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after running second in the Crystal Mile. Based on these examples it is very clear that the Crystal Mile is a race rich in talent and should be a great pick for horse racing fans across the country.
Crystal Mile recent winners & placegetters
|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|