Champions Mile: Flemington 1600m
|Sat 11 Nov 2023
The Champions Mile, registered as the Cantala Stakes and first run in 1881, has been known as many names over the years, depending on the sponsor of the time. For most of its life, it was a handicap, and the feature race of the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. It was known to produce many an upset, with plenty of long odds horses saluting.
With the renaming to the Champions Mile, came a change to the conditions of the race. Rather than being a handicap, it is now a WFA race, forming one point of the triumvirate of Champions races on the day – the Champions Mile over 1600m, the Champions Stakes over 2000m, and the Champions Sprint at 1200m.
2023 CHAMPIONS MILE PREVIEW
Fangirl, Mr Brightside and Alligator Blood have a stranglehold on the market, and well they might as surely the three best 1600m horses in the country. While Mr Brightside and Alligator Blood have met each other 10 times in the last 14 months, Fangirl has spent most of her time chasing Anamoe. All three previously raced against each other over 1600m in this year’s Doncaster Mile, but it was on a heavy track which didn’t suit Fangirl or Alligator Blood.
Mr Brightside leads Alligator Blood 6-4 in their head-to-head clashes, but the important note is that Mr Brightside has now finished in front of him the last five times in a row. It seems he has improved to become the better horse this spring.
Pride of Jenni will certainly lead this race along, after her exploits in the Myer Classic on Derby Day, but Alligator Blood will certainly be leading the chasing pack behind her, with Mr Brightside next in line. At this point, you have to say the latter will be beating the former home, but can they beat Fangirl?
When Fangirl and Mr Brightside met on a good track in the King Charles two starts back, which both horses used as their lead-in to the Cox Plate, Fangirl obliterated him. That was at Randwick and this is at Flemington, two big tracks that should favour the mare. Mr Brightside beat her home in the Cox Plate, but some judges think Fangirl would have won the race if she wasn’t trapped away for most of the last 600m.
The Inevitable has had three runs this prep carrying decent weights in handicaps, all of them excellent, but he’s been getting too far back in his races. The small field and WFA conditions will help him.
Selections: 1.Fangirl 2.Mr Brightside 3.Alligator Blood 4.The Inevitable
Past Winners Of The Champions Mile
|Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
|Best Of Days
|Turn Me Loose
|Albert The Fat