The All-Star Mile

The All Star Mile 2023 is coming up on Saturday the 18th of March 2023 and will be run at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Victoria. For those who are not yet familiar with the unique format of the All Star Mile, let me explain below.

The All Star Mile is a 1600m race that always takes place 7 days after Flemington Racecourse’s Super Saturday at the conclusion of Victoria’s Autumn Racing Carnival. Traditionally, although there is only 4 years of tradition present for the All Star Mile, the event is held at the three big racecourses in Victoria, on rotation. These include Flemington Racecourse, Caulfield Racecourse, and the home of the 2023 All Star Mile, Moonee Valley Racecourse. 

The 2023 All Star Mile will boast a truly eye-watering prize pool of $5 million AUD. This pool is available to the fifteen horses that are selected to participate in the All Star Mile. Ten of these fifteen positions are voted on by fans! The other five are wild card entries. 

There are rumours that the All Star Mile was created to clash with New South Wales Racing’s Coolmore Classic, a Group 1 race held at Rosehill Racecourse. This would be in response to The Everest’s inception at Randwick Racecourse which falls on the same day as some of Victoria’s biggest races: the Caulfield Cup, the Victorian Derby, and the Golden Eagle. However, these rumours are obviously unconfirmed, just chatter from other Australian horse racing fans.

A fun fact about the All Star Mile: there is a race in Japan called the Arima Kinen that allows the public to vote on majority of the competing runners. This is what the All Star Mile is based on!

With all that said, scroll down to take a look at the field of runners and my potential winners for the 2023 iteration of the All Star Mile. Be sure to tune in to Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday the 18th of March 2023 so you do not miss out on one of the most exciting races on Australia’s thoroughbred racing calendar. 

The Feature Race - The 2023 Randwick Guineas

The Sharp EIT All Star Mile – 1600m

Date: Saturday 18th March 2023
Time: TBD
Prize Money: $5 million AUD

The All Star Mile has boasted a stacked field of horses every year since its inception in 2019. This can largely be attributed to the outright ridiculous prize pool that is up for grabs for the competitors of the All Star Mile. Compared to the Australian Guineas (which we have a preview of on our Australian Guineas Preview page), which is also a Group 1 race, the All Star Mile offers $5 million AUD as the pool, whereas the Australian Guineas musters $1 million AUD which is not small in and of itself.

Scroll down to the table below to see an in-depth breakdown of the prize money distributions for the 2023 All Star Mile held at Moonee Valley Racecourse. There are 15 runners competing in the 2023 edition of the All Star Mile, all of which will be receiving at least $50,000 for their participation, with the winner taking home a cool $2,250,000 AUD for its connections.

PlacingPrize Money
6th, 7th, and 8th$120,000
9th and 10th$100,000
11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th$50,000

At OnlyRacing, we have prepared a table with all the key information needed for the field of runners competing in the 2023 All Star Mile. This information includes the All Star Mile participants’ race day numbers, as well as the current fixed odds for the runner to win or place. This list of the 2023 All Star Mile field is in order of race odds for the All Star Mile at the time of creation.

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

RunnersFixed Win OddsFixed Place Odds
2. Alligator Blood (7)$3.00$1.50
1. Im Thunderstruck (5)$4.80$1.95
4. Mr Brightside (2)$5.00$2.00
3. Cascadian (14)$15.00$4.50
6. Laws Of Indices (6)$15.00$4.50
8. Alenquer (9)$17.00$5.00
15. Sheeza Belter (13)$18.00$5.25
7. Aegon (8)$21.00$6.00
9. The Inevitable (3)$21.00$6.00
10. My Oberon (11)$26.00$7.30
11.Gentleman Roy (10)$31.00$8.50
12. Pounding (12)$31.00$8.50
13. Nugget (1)$34.00$9.00
14. Keats (4)$51.00$14.00
5. So Si Bon (15)$101.00$26.00
The Fortune Teller – Emergency Runner $101.00$26.00

Once again, don’t forget to visit OnlyRacing’s Tips Page for another take on the Randwick Guineas coming soon!

Best BetThe 2023 All Star Mile
Alligator Blood
Win: $3.00
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Mr Brightside
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Roughie PickThe 2023 All Star Mile
Win: $15.00
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Alligator Blood - BEST BET
As a New South Wales native, I am going for the only horse in the 2023 All Star Mile that also hails from the great Premier State. Asides from this, Alligator Blood is my early best bet along with many others I would assume, given the $3.00 price tag associated with him. Blake Shinn will do as good as always, and it is very difficult to see any other runner competing with Alligator Blood on race day for the All Star Mile and the largest share in a $5 million AUD prize pot. 

Mr Brightside - NEXT BEST
This five-year-old gelding calls Flemington Racecourse its home (although he is a New Zealand native). Trained by the brothers Ben & JD Hayes who also have So Si Bon and Gentleman Roy competing in this year’s All Star Mile, Mr Brightside will look for his tenth career victory in the 22nd time of asking. For my money, if anyone is to take out Alligator Blood, it will be Mr Brightside.

Cascadian - ROUGHIE PICK
At $15.00 odds, I am surprised I have not seen a lot more love on Cascadian going into the 2023 All Star Mile. The British eight-year-old gelding out of Agnes Banks has been trained by James Cummings and looks for arguably his biggest career win to date. The always impressive Cascadian has 10 career wins that have contributed to his over $5 million AUD in prize money. Can he add to that in a big way on race day for the 2023 All Star Mile? Be sure to not miss out.

Please be sure to check back in on the OnlyRacing Tips page before the All Star Mile race on Saturday the 18th of March 2023 for a set of tips from one of our other experts in Australian thoroughbred horse racing. I believe you can never have too many opinions for a horse race, it is all just extra information that assists in forming my punting decisions.

Where to Bet on the 2023 Randwick Guineas

So, you now know my tips for the 2023 Randwick Guineas, but what are you going to do with them? Well, let me try help with this too. Come race day on March 4th, the biggest thing to decide will be where to place your Randwick Guineas punts. Will you use one of the bigger and well-known bookies like Bet365 or Ladbrokes? Or will you opt to place your money with a newer face in the Australian bookmaking scene?

Ultimately, for me, it comes down to one thing, who is offering you better odds on your preferred markets. Let’s say for example you want to place a fixed win bet on the 2023 Randwick Guineas, following my best bet tip of AFT Cabin. My suggestion would be to scour the available Australian bookmakers to find where AFT Cabin is the highest odds. If you need a comprehensive list of Australian bookmakers, visit our Bookmaker Reviews page for more information on every single Aussie bookmaker available to you.

Below is a list of five popular Australian bookies that you can use for betting on the 2023 Randwick Guineas. All these bookmakers have full reviews on our website, so go to our Bookmaker Reviews page to see key insights into PlayUp, Unibet, Midasbet, PalmerBet, and Winnersbet. Be sure to check our Promotions page to see if we can help you use one of these bookies and provide you with some help going into the Randwick Guineas.

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How to Bet on the Magic Millions

So, to recap, we have looked at the field and projected winners of the 2023 Randwick Guineas, and we have identified some great bookmakers to use on the day of the Randwick Guineas. Now, we need to decide what sort of bets to place on the Randwick Guineas.

Here is a simple list of popular markets available across most Australian bookmakers for the 2023 Randwick Guineas:

  • Fixed Win bets: the most popular market that can be categorised as a straight bet on a horse to win the Randwick Guineas. I will be placing fixed win bets on AFT Cabin (my best bet for the 2023 Randwick Guineas) and Zou Tiger (my next best bet for the 2023 Randwick Guineas). 
  • Fixed Place bets: these work much the same as a fixed win bet; you place money on a fixed price market, and if your horse runs 1st, 2nd, or 3rd you win. My best roughie pick for the 2023 Randwick Guineas, Williamsburg, will see action on the fixed place market, including myself.
  • Exotic Bets: these include exactas, trifectas, first fours. To simplify how these markets work, it combines your favourite runners in a single race where all money gets pooled together for the same market. If you win, you will receive a dividend of that pool based on your selections. I will be placing exotics for the whole card at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 4th of March, not just the Randwick Guineas.

How to Watch the Magic Millions

There is no better racing experience than being there in the flesh. This applies even more when it comes to the big Australian racing carnivals, such as this Magic Millions Carnival at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Queensland. Buy tickets for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday online through Gold Coast Turf Club and the Magic Millions website.

Although this is undoubtedly the best way to immerse yourself in a true horse racing experience, lots of us, me included, live outside of Queensland and far away from the Gold Coast Turf Club. So as an alternative, I tend to watch livestreams of the races on my bookie mobile apps. 

Nowadays, offering a live racing stream on a racing-centric betting platform is essential to compete against other bookmakers. As time goes on, more and more bookies add this feature to their mobile product to gain more customers. Look at our bookmaker reviews to see which bookies you can watch the Magic Millions Carnival on. 

As much as I would love to make the trek up to Gold Coast Turf Club for the meet, I will be watching on my phone and punting on my laptop. Have a look at our early picks and likely field of runners above to join me!

Race History of the Randwick Guineas

The Randwick Guineas, one of Australia’s premier three-year-old Group 1 races, has called Randwick Racecourse its home since 2006. Whilst this may be one of the shorter histories for such a notable Australian Group 1 race, I ensure you that when you look further back to the Canterbury Guineas days, there is a host of memorable moments that build the tapestry of the Randwick Guineas’ history.

First run in 1935 as the Canterbury Guineas, the now Randwick Guineas saw its first victor in Hadrian. Since then, some of Australia’s biggest, best, and brightest have fought it out to claim the Randwick Guineas crown. Since being moved from Canterbury Racecourse for the 2006 Randwick Guineas, the Randwick Guineas has been a key part of Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival, making up one third of Sydney racing’s triple crown.

The triple crown is the highest of honours a horse can win in Sydney. With the Randwick Guineas making up part of this feat, some of the best horses in the country have their eyes on the prize from the start of the season. The other races that make up Sydney’s racing triple crown alongside the Randwick Guineas are the Rosehill Guineas (run at a 2000m distance) and the Australian Derby (a 2400m spectacle). Incredibly, five horses have been able to claim the Sydney racing triple crown in its almost 100-year history. These horses are:

  • Moorland in 1943
  • Martello Towers in 1959
  • Imagele in 1973
  • Octagonal in 1996
  • It’s a Dundeel in 2013

Since It’s a Dundeel won the Randwick Guineas and completed the Sydney racing triple crown in 2013, only one horse has even won two of the events! That was The Autumn Sun four years ago in 2019. The Autumn Sun won the 2019 edition of the Randwick Guineas that 

Overall, the Randwick Guineas owes much of its history to the Canterbury Guineas at Canterbury Racecourse which came before. However, since its first race at Randwick Racecourse in 2006, the Randwick Guineas has created a legacy of its own, thanks in large part to the location change, now situated at the premier thoroughbred racing venue in New South Wales.

Randwick Guineas Previous Winners

As we have previously spoken about in the ‘Race History of the Randwick Guineas’ portion of this Randwick Guineas 2023 preview, the Randwick Guineas used to be located at Canterbury Racecourse and was called the Canterbury Guineas. This changed in 2006 when the Group 1 race moved to Randwick Racecourse and joined the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Whilst the Randwick Guineas is now raced at an entirely different location, you cannot discount history. See below a list of all the winners of both the Canterbury Guineas (1935 – 2005) and the Randwick Guineas (2006 – Present).

Randwick Guineas (2006 - Present) 

  • 2022 - Converge
  • 2021 - Lion's Roar
  • 2020 - Shadow Hero
  • 2019 - The Autumn Sun
  • 2018 - Kementari
  • 2017 - Inference
  • 2016 - Le Romain
  • 2015 - Hallowed Crown
  • 2014 - Dissident
  • 2013 - It's A Dundeel
  • 2012 - Mosheen
  • 2011 - Ilovethiscity
  • 2010 - Shoot Out]
  • 2009 - Metal Bender
  • 2008 - Weekend Hussler
  • 2007 - Mentality
  • 2006 - Hotel Grand

Canterbury Guineas (1935 – 2005)

  • 2005 - Jymcarew
  • 2004 - Niello
  • 2003 - Fine Society
  • 2002 - Carnegie Express
  • 2001 - Universal Prince
  • 2000 - Fairway
  • 1999 - Arena
  • 1998 - Tycoon Lil
  • 1997 - Intergaze
  • 1996 - Octagonal
  • 1995 - Sharscay
  • 1994 - Western Red
  • 1993 - Kingston Bay
  • 1992 - Veandercross
  • 1991 - St. Jude
  • 1990 - Interstellar
  • 1989 - Riverina Charm
  • 1988 - High Regard
  • 1987 - Tidal Light
  • 1986 - Dolcezza
  • 1985 - Spirit Of Kingston
  • 1984 - Beechcraft
  • 1983 - Mr. McGinty
  • 1982 - Rare Form
  • 1981 - Ring The Bell
  • 1980 - Rocky Top
  • 1979 - Red Nose
  • 1978 - race not held
  • 1977 - Belmura Lad
  • 1976 - Chasta Bellota
  • 1975 - Rosie Heir
  • 1974 - Sydney Cove
  • 1973 - Imagele
  • 1972 - Lord Ben
  • 1971 - Egyptian
  • 1970 - Royal Show
  • 1969 - Bogan Hero
  • 1968 - Broker's Tip
  • 1967 - Honeyland
  • 1966 - Garcon
  • 1965 - Fair Summer
  • 1964 - Strauss
  • 1963 - Summer Fiesta
  • 1962 - Summer Prince
  • 1961 - Kilshery
  • 1960 - Persian Lyric
  • 1959 - Martello Towers
  • 1958 - Prince Kerdieil
  • 1957 - Todman
  • 1956 - Movie Boy
  • 1955 - Aboukir
  • 1954 - Pride Of Egypt
  • 1953 - Prince Morvi
  • 1952 - Prince Dakhil
  • 1951 - Forest Beau
  • 1950 - French Cavalier
  • 1949 - Delta
  • 1948 - Riptide
  • 1947 - The Groom
  • 1946 - Decorate
  • 1945 - Monmouth
  • 1944 - Accession
  • 1943 - Moorland
  • 1942 - San Sebastian
  • 1941 - Chatham's Choice
  • 1940 - Ensign
  • 1939 - Bonny Loch
  • 1938 - Respirator
  • 1937 - Bristol
  • 1936 - Billy Boy
  • 1935 - Hadrian

Track History of Randwick Racecourse – Home to the Randwick Guineas

Randwick Racecourse is one of Australia’s most prestigious horse racing venues that sees our best champions race past the grandstand into immortality. Located southeast of Sydney’s bustling metropolitan CBD, I am proud to call Randwick Racecourse my home turf. The home of the Randwick Guineas is operated and owned by the ATC, the Australian Turf Club, and has been operating as a premier thoroughbred racetrack since all the way back in 1833. This makes Randwick Racecourse one of the oldest tracks Australia has to offer.

Having never been to a Randwick Guineas race in my lifetime, I cannot wait to break my duck for the 2023 Randwick Guineas. I could go on and on about how good of a track Randwick Racecourse is, and yes that would be highly biased, however it truly is a track of beauty and prestige.

What really differentiates Randwick Racecourse is the track layout, specifically designed to better suit the array of distances that modern premier thoroughbreds run. The AFL field shaped course runs for 2200m and boasts a long 400m straight for the run home. What makes this even better is the grandstands location on the home straight, which creates a strong atmosphere that makes race day all the better. You best believe that Sydney racing fans will be coming out in force for the 2023 Randwick Guineas.

Whilst the Randwick Guineas is an extremely notable Group 1 race that sees some of Australia’s best three-year-old racers battle it out for victory, Randwick Racecourse is also home to some of the biggest races on Australia’s racing calendar. The Everest is the richest horse race in Australia and calls Randwick Racecourse its home. Besides the obvious, Randwick Racecourse also sees a host of Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival events, such as the George Ryder Stakes, the Doncaster Mile, and the famous Canterbury Stakes.

The Randwick Guineas also shares its home with the biggest events on Sydney’s racing calendar, The Championships. The Sydney Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are run at Randwick Racecourse too. Whilst I am so excited to witness the Randwick Guineas, there are bigger and better events that feature at Randwick Racecourse, so if you have never been, change that!

I’m going to take you back to 1930 for a fun fact about Randwick Racecourse. Before the Randwick Guineas, or even the Canterbury Guineas (more on that later) was run, one of the most decorated and famous horses in Australian history won the AJC Derby in the fastest time seen up until that point. You might be thinking who cares, or who is this horse? Well, any Australian racing fan cares when you mention the name… Phar Lap! 

I have harped on about Randwick Racecourse and its grandstand which will play a key role in the atmosphere of the Randwick Guineas. However, it is truly an experience every Australian and International racing enthusiast must get to at some point in their life. The wide range of luxurious amenities, coupled with the perfectly designed exterior food stalls, and of course beverages, culminate to provide us Aussie racing fans with the best possible race day. I have no doubt the 2023 Randwick Guineas will be one of a long line of successful racing events at Randwick Racecourse.