Racing Victoria has called for entries for the second edition of the $5 million weight-for-age event over 1600 metres, which in 2020 will be run at Caulfield on March 14.
The inaugural running, which was won by Mystic Journey, contained a field of 14, which will increase to 15 in 2020 with the potential addition of New Zealand representation along with some other slight tweaks to the conditions of the race.
Like last season, the 10 horses who attract the greatest number of votes from the public – which open on January 16 – will make the field with two spots occupied by winners of the two ballot exempt races – Futurity Stakes and Blamey Stakes – and three wildcards.
There have also been some changes to the minimum rating requirements for a start in the race.
The minimum rating for horses four years and up has been lifted from 70 to 80 with three-year-olds required to have a minimum rating of 70.
Added has been a new clause that horses must have either won or been Group or Listed placed or have won at least $20,000 for finishing in the top three in a race on the flat to be eligible for a start in the race.
Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the changes will help cement the All-Star Mile’s status as one of the calendar’s strongest 1600m races yet keep the dream alive for the ‘fairytale stories’.
“We haven’t made it an elitist race, what will be elitist will be the quality of the field, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for those really great fairytale stories that we saw last year,” Carpenter said.
“It will be a great race full of quality and I’m hoping, as we did last, that we’ll get a representative from each state of Australia and hopefully this year also from New Zealand.”
The All-Star Mile nomination fee is $500, which will again be donated to the Good Friday Appeal.
Last year 130 horses were nominated, which raised $65,000, and Carpenter is hopeful of an even greater figure this season.