2020 All Star Mile - Mystic Journey to go back-to-back in $5 million feature

$5 million is up for grabs in the All Star Mile at Flemington in March
Happy Clapper
Happy Clapper is a main chance in the All Star Mile. (Getty Images)

2020 All Star Mile Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


DateSaturday March 15, 2020
Time4:30pm AEST
TrackFlemington
Distance1600m
StatusGroup 1
ConditonsWFA
Prize Money$5 million

The All Star Mile hasn't quite worked out the way organisers had hoped for, but the 2020 field still features a few thoroughbreds that have competed at the highest of level.

Due to the "fan voting" system, horses that don't deserve to make the field will run for $5 million at Flemington. Thankfully, the racing fans voted in the likes of Alizee, Mystic Journey and Happy Clapper, otherwise the race would have been a farce.

The likes of Urban Ruler, which ran last in Queensland recently, have made the field but with some more tinkering to the voting system, we believe this rich race could grow in popularity like The Everest in Sydney.

2020 All Star Mile Best Bet - Alizee @ 3.20


James Cummings lines up the quality mare which extended her record to eight wins from 17 starts when taking out the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield last start. That win was one of the better performances this season and she has matured into a nice type this preparation.

A daughter of Sepoy, Alizee has been around the mark her entire career but she has gone to another level, winning all three starts this season. Beating the likes of Hartnell and Malaguerra last start hold her in good stead for this.

She gets in here with 57kg and we're satisfied with her current odds.

Alizee
Hugh Bowman riding Alizee in between race to prepare for the All Star Mile. (Getty Images)

2020 All Star Mile Best Each Way - Happy Clapper @ 5.50


Happy Clapper goes ahead of three-year-old champion Mystic Journey because he has been set for this race, whereas Mystic Journey was set for the age-group features. Happy Clapper is coming off a gallant second placing behind Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes and he looms as a major chance in the All Star Mile.

He brings a good level of experience having scored 11 wins from 39 starts and a win in the 2018 Doncaster Mile to boot. He has run into the champion mare on numerous occasions and the only mare he will have to worry about in this is Alizee - a significantly easier proposition.

Looks a good bet at the odds.

2020 All Star Mile Best Roughie - Amphitrite @ 10.00


Amphitrite finished third behind Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas but she didn't lose any admirers. The former Darren Weir-trained runner could have needed time to adjust to her new surroundings and she's only going to improve with more racing under her belt.

She has won five of her eight starts this season, including a Group 3 Vanity and Group 1 Thousand Guineas last year. That form would take her close and although she has struggled against the older horses in the past, the double-figure odds are appealing.

Best Bet: Alizee - 3.20 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Happy Clapper - 5.50 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Amphitrite - 10.00 @ bet365
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Daryl Curnow 17 March 2019

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