Crystal Mile

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.

Crystal Mile, Moonee Valley

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. 

  1. #7 Just Folk
  2. #2 Begood Toya Mother
  3. #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

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. 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).
  5. 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

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:

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
13 172240x60x SIRCCONI G 7 Nick Ryan 98

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.

Place Prize Money
1st $180,000
2nd $54,000
3rd $27,000
4th $13,500
5th $7,500
6th $6,000
7th $6,000
8th $6,000

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. 

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
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