Looking for early info on this year’s Crystal Mile? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
Run over 1,600 metres, the Crystal Mile is a Group 2 race taking place at Moonee Valley Racecourse. With a $300,000 prize purse, it attracts some of Australia’s best milers, along with a few international entrants and is held as part of Cox Plate Day in late October each spring.
Starting out as a Listed Race, this race was upgraded to Group 3 status in 1986, followed by Group 2 status in 1997.
The weight-for-age Crystal Mile serves as a superb lead up for the Kennedy Mile – now run as the Kennedy Cantala – with Turn Me Loose (2015) the last horse to do the double.
Crystal Mile 2021 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
- Track Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Left-handed
- Race Distance: 1,600 metres
- Weight Conditions: Weight for age
- Qualification: Three years old and over
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 2
- Prize Purse: $300,000
- Inaugural Race: 1982
- 2021 Crystal Mile Winner: Just Folk
crystal mile 2021 RESULTS
The official 2021 Crystal Mile results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 23, 2021.
- #7 Just Folk
- #2 Begood Toya Mother
- #5 Elephant
Just Folk ($15) was given a perfectly-timed ride by John Allen to frank the Seymour Cup form and take out the 2021 Crystal Mile results in an upset over Group 1 winner Begood Toya Mother ($19) and beaten odds-on favourite Elephant ($1.90).
Crystal Mile Betting 2021
There are many different ways to bet on the Crystal Mile, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Crystal Mile|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Crystal Mile.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Crystal Mile. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Crystal Mile, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Crystal Mile, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Crystal Mile to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Crystal Mile to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Crystal Mile to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Crystal Mile, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Crystal Mile in 2021
- Log in at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Crystal Mile Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Crystal Mile 2022 Odds
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Crystal Mile will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.
Which Horse Will Win The Crystal Mile in 2021
The best way to pick which horse will win the Crystal Mile is to take into account any previous form at Moonee Valley, assess the barriers and look at their lead-up runs in similar grade races.
Additional factors to consider when picking the Crystal Mile winner include:
- Mile Performers – This race belongs to horses that can take 1,600 metres and above with ease.
- Favourite Flair – This race’s results has been dominated by favourites and horses offering single digit odds.
- Lead Ups – Both the Toorak Handicap and the Epsom Handicap should serve as a guide to this race.
Crystal Mile 2021 Favourites
Early favourites in 2021 Crystal Mile betting include recent Sandown Stakes winning Kiwi Elephant and the Michael Moroney-trained Buffalo River coming off a Group 3 Coongy Cup win at Caulfield.
Crystal Mile 2021 Field
The official 2021 Crystal Mile field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The Crystal Mile 2021 final field features a host of potential Kennedy Cantala hopefuls led by Elephant looking to atone for an eighth in the Toorak last time out and Michael Moroney’s last start Coongy Cup champ Buffalo River drawn the inside alley.
- Scratched: #4 Buffalo River (1); #6 Second Slip (8); #8 Embolism (6)
Crystal Mile 2021 Tips
Favourite: #5 Elephant ($3 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #10 Rhinoceros ($8 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #3 Romancer ($10 at time of publish)
Our exclusive 2021 Crystal Mile tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.
Crystal Mile Race Day 2021
The 2021 Crystal Mile takes place on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021 as part of Cox Plate Day with racing headlined by the $5 million W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) – there are a number of other Group status support races on the Cox Plate Day card including the:
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m);
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m);
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m);
- Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m); and the
- Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m).
Crystal Mile 2021 Barrier Draw
The 2021 Crystal Mile barrier draw is conducted the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in our above Crystal Mile Field section.
Crystal Mile 2021 Nominations
Nominations close by 12:00 PM on Monday, the 18th of October, 2021.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||007x86x026||BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER||G||7||Daniel Bowman||98|
|2||221420×587||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||G||8||James Cummings||105|
|3||3x2340x021||BUFFALO RIVER (USA)||G||6||Michael Moroney||104|
|4||x3413x5454||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||7||James Cummings||111|
|5||1x111x1218||ELEPHANT (NZ)||G||5||Emma-Lee & David Browne||105|
|6||x05548850x||HO HO KHAN (NZ)||H||7||Mitchell Freedman|
|7||41×4012325||JUST FOLK||G||5||Josh Julius||82|
|8||54x300x474||KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN)||H||7||Matthew Smith||106|
|9||8421811||RHINOCEROS (NZ)||C||3||Emma-Lee & David Browne||74|
|10||146x243x83||RIDDLE ME THAT||G||5||Matt Laurie||95|
|11||346×182502||ROMANCER (NZ)||G||8||Grahame Begg||100|
|12||11125×1127||SECOND SLIP (NZ)||G||5||Will Clarken||91|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Crystal Mile 2021 Weights
Weight for age conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Monday, the 18th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Crystal Mile Field section.
Crystal Mile 2021 Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 20th of October 2021 and will be published in our above Crystal Mile Field section.
Crystal Mile 2021 Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Crystal Mile Field section.
Crystal Mile Scratchings 2021
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021.
2021 Crystal Mile Scratchings:
- #4 Buffalo River (1)
- #6 Second Slip (8)
- #8 Embolism (6)
Crystal Mile Prize Money 2021
The Crystal Mile prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.
Crystal Mile Race Number 2021
The 2021 Crystal Mile race number is scheduled as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 3:10pm (AEDT) on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021. There are ten races in total that day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Crystal Mile Form Guide 2021
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Crystal Mile Form Guide following final acceptances.
Crystal Mile Live 2021
You can watch or listen to the 2021 Crystal Mile live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Free to air television: Channel 7
Crystal Mile Winners
Winners of the Crystal Mile going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below.
|2021||Just Folk||Josh Julius||John Allen||59 kgs||1:38.31|
|2020||Homesman||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Ben Melham||59 kgs||1:38.42|
|2019||Chief Ironside||David Menuisier||Jamie Spencer||59 kgs||1:35.46|
|2018||Cliff’s Edge||Darren Weir||John Allen||58.5 kgs||1:35.99|
|2017||Lucky Hussler||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||59 kgs||1:34.56|
|2016||The United States||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||59 kgs||1:39.79|
|2015||Turn Me Loose||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||58.5 kgs||1:35.02|
|2014||Hooked||John Thompson||Craig Williams||58.5 kgs||1:34.98|
|2013||Toydini||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||58.5 kgs||1:36.04|
|2012||Silent Achiever||Roger James||James McDonald||56.5 kgs||1:35.60|
|2011||Testa My Patience||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||53.5 kgs||1:36.74|
|2010||Sound Journey||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||56.5 kgs||1:36.71|
|2009||Rangirangdoo||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||57.5 kgs||1:34.96|
|2008||Sea Battle||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||54.5 kgs||1:36.38|
|2007||Sonic Quest||Lee Freedman||Danny Nikolic||56.5 kgs||1:35.92|
|2006||Flash Trick||Colin Alderson||Steven King||53 kgs||1:37.27|
|2005||Niconero||David Hayes||Craig Williams||55.5 kgs||1:39.45|
|2004||Lad Of The Manor||Roger Hoysted||Brian Johns||54 kgs||1:37.08|
|2003||Rosina Lad||David Haworth||Greg Childs||53.5 kgs||1:38.34|
|2002||Royal Code||David Hall||Brett Prebble||55 kgs||1:36.51|
|2001||Weasel Will||Nigel Blackiston||Craig Williams||54.5 kgs||1:37.33|
|2000||Weasel Will||Nigel Blackiston||Brett Prebble||55.5 kgs||1:38.71|
|1999||Le Zagaletta||Lee Freedman||Damien Oliver||55 kgs||1:36.61|