Crystal Mile News

Eight runners remain in contention for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) following the scratching of Observational; offering punters increased value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. The United States remains a clear $3.30 in favourite in 2016 Crystal Mile betting markets…


Crystal Mile

The Crystal Mile is a Group 2 weight-for-age event that takes place at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. It is run over a distance of 1,600 metres and is worth $200,000. It is part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, which is famous for the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, and, of course, the Melbourne Cup.

The 2016 Crystal Mile will be held on October 22.

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The Crystal Mile takes place on one of the biggest days of racing in the year, Cox Plate Day. There are multiple black type races on Cox Plate Day, including:

Crystal Mile Betting

Because the Crystal Mile is one of the bigger mile races featured on the Spring racing schedule for Moonee Valley, it attracts plenty of betting action. Adding to the interest is the fact that this race draws in above average competitors. Plus, since many of the contenders go on to appear in the Toorak Handicap, it is an excellent gauge for success in that race. It is also a great indicator for the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington Carnival.

The Crystal Mile is open only to horses aged three years and older. Prior to 2016, it was an open handicap. However it is now a weight for age event.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

2014 Melbourne Cup

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Crown Oaks

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Mackinnon Stakes

(2,000m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Emirates Stakes

(1,600m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

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Punters looking to put down a wager on the Crystal Mile should choose a horse that does well in running 1,600 metres. This may seem obvious, but never underestimate the importance of a horse that has a strong mile run. It is also important to look into the horse’s past performances at Moonee Valley. Horses with good form and distance at this track tend to do well on this race. Do not be fooled by horses that do well at Group 1 races, as that doesn’t necessarily indicate a winner in this one. Historically, strong Group 2 and 3 contenders do the best in the Crystal Mile.

After considering your options, get to a reliable online sportsbook, such as bookmaker.com.au or Ladbrokes.com.au, for all of the best odds available on the race. In addition to a complete list of the most generous odds, you will have a heap of betting tools at your disposal. This includes everything from news updates to betting tips to the latest form guide. It is all accessible in a single handy location.

Crystal Mile Field

As mentioned above, this race often draws a group of above average stayers. Successful competitors often go on to do well in bigger races such as the Emirates Stakes. In fact, Tears I Cry (3rd in 2007) went on to win the Emirates in the same year. Sea Battle also went on to find success in the Emirates with a second place finish in 2008. It isn’t unheard of for Crystal Mile contenders to find success in Group 1 races as well. For example, Rangirangdoo (2009 winner) won the 2009 Group 1 Epsom Handicap, and Orange County (2nd in 2007) won the 2008 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes