A talented field of twelve has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2015 Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s standout horses.
Lucky Hussler posted a second win at the highest level in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) a fortnight ago and will be very hard to beat in the Crystal Mile after drawing the ideal barrier 3.
Posting seven wins and as many minors through 31 career starts so far, Lucky Hussler capped an impressive 2014 campaign second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m); returning this year for success in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at the Valley.
Placing mid-pack in his next two runs, the Husson gelding ran a credible fourth in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) on September 12th; progressing to sixth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Toorak Handicap.
Sure to relish even weights on Saturday, Lucky Hussler has been confirmed to be partnered by veteran and regular hoop Glen Boss.
Hooked charged home to win the 2014 edition of the Crystal Mile but may require some luck in running if he is to successfully defend his crown from barrier 8.
Returning this time for a resounding win in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) on September 6th, the Casino Prince entire failed to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 19th before a luckless run for eleventh in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last start.
Craig Williams will return to the five-year-old’s saddle for the first time this year in the 2015 Crystal Mile.
Queenslanders Rudy and Hopfgarten are both yet to find peak condition this time and should relish a step-back in class for the 2015 Crystal Mile, but have drawn alleys ten and eleven respectively.
Rudy gained ballot-free entry into the 2015 Doncaster Mile with success in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) over summer, and performed notably through the Autumn Carnival on his way to fourth in the major race.
Running third in the Tramway Stakes and second in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1400m), Rudy also failed to figure late when 12th in the Epsom Handicap last start.
Robert Heathcote has had a huge wrap on the form of Hopfgarten this season but the gelding is yet to frank that in two Victorian starts.
Sprinting well late when 12th in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, the son of Mossman was unable to overcome a check when tenth in the Toorak Handicap.
Sons Of John has returned to racing in exceptional condition this time and could very well receive the run of the race in the Crystal Mile from barrier 2.
Capping an impressive autumn campaign with success in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m), Sons Of John returned this time for a close second to Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) before running third in the Epsom Handicap.
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2015 Crystal Mile Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||12x167x461||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||3||59kg||114|
|2||5x4700x190||HOOKED||John P Thompson||Craig Williams||8||59kg||107|
|3||2x5611x448||STRAWBERRY BOY||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||6||59kg||104|
|4||17x55311x1||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||12||59kg||105|
|5||28840×3320||RUDY||Helen Page||Kerrin McEvoy||10||59kg||104|
|6||22311x6x6x||BOW CREEK (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||59kg||105|
|7||4x12358x00||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||11||59kg||100|
|8||7x555x3404||RICHIE’S VIBE||Paul Beshara||Mark Zahra||9||59kg||98|
|9||7412311×23||SONS OF JOHN||Jason Attard||Jeff Penza||2||59kg||104|
|10||1x2677x027||MALICE||John O’Shea||James Doyle||5||59kg||97|
|11||1x2131x621||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||1||58.5kg||106|
|12||11375×1714||WORTHY CAUSE||John Zielke||Luke Dittman (a)||7||58.5kg||97|