2015 Crystal Mile Final Field and Barrier Draw

October 21st, 2015

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 leads the 2015 Crystal Mile final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucky Hussler leads the 2015 Crystal Mile final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

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