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Countdown on to the close of Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile voting as blackout looms

10 February 2022 Written by RV

The connections of horses on the cusp of gaining a start in the $5 million Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile at Flemington on Saturday, 19 March 2022 face a nervous wait with public voting to decide the first 10 horses into the field set to close this weekend.

That nervousness will be heightened when the voting leaderboard for Australia’s only fan-voted race enters its blackout phase from 10pm (AEDT) tomorrow night (Friday, 11 February 2022). 

Australian and New Zealand residents will still be able to cast their votes for the All-Stars they wish to see line up in the fourth edition of the world’s richest mile race but, in order to heighten the suspense during the last 50 hours of polling, the leaderboard will no longer be visible at www.allstarmile.com.au.

The voting period will officially end at 11.59 pm (AEDT) this Sunday, 13 February 2022, with the top 10 votegetters set to be revealed by Racing Victoria (RV) next Wednesday, 16 February 2022. 

The current top three on the leaderboard have pulled well clear of the chasing pack, with reigning Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) heroine Verry Elleegant and her fellow Group 1 winners I’m Thunderstruck (trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr) and Zaaki (Annabel Neasham) having attracted just shy of 34,000* votes between them thus far. 

Fourth-placed* Regalo Di Gaetano, who along with fellow South Australian galloper Behemoth (currently sixth* in the voting) and mighty New Zealand mare Probabeel (seventh* on the leaderboard) ran in last year’s All-Star Mile, received a huge voting boost earlier this week after popular SA TV host Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello threw his weight behind the Italian community’s pin-up horse. 

Further down the leaderboard, however, connections of cult New Zealand galloper Elephant and Peter Moody’s exciting colt Lightsaber face an anxious wait to see if they will secure a start.

The Stakes-winning pair currently occupy ninth* and 10th place* but the likes of popular Warrnambool galloper Flying Mascot (trained by Tom Dabernig) and American import Lighthouse (Ciaron Maher and David Eustace), half of whose ownership group is based in the USA, are breathing down their necks and will be hoping to make a late charge into the all-important Top 10. 

Last year’s TAB Cranbourne Cup (2025m) winner King Magnus and Warrnambool mare Sirileo Miss, whose connections include 88-year-old first-time owner Joan Wilson, will also be hoping to rally a late surge of support to climb from their respective positions of 13th* and 14th* on the leaderboard.

As at 10am (AEDT) on Thursday, 10 February 2022, a mere 427 votes separated 10th ranked Lightsaber and 13th ranked King Magnus with the final hours of voting set to make and break the dreams of horse owners across the globe.

“We have already seen several changes in the leaderboard and the final days of voting always throw up some surprises, so as we head towards the blackout phase on Friday night it will be fascinating to see which horses make a late surge into the Top 10 and secure a start in the fourth running of The Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile,” said Greg Carpenter, RV’s Executive General Manager – Racing. 

“Last year, Still A Star was on the cusp of the Top 10 as we entered the final 48 hours of voting but a late groundswell of support in her home state of Tasmania catapulted her into fourth place so the race is certainly not over for those currently outside the Top 10.

“There are 31 All-Star Mile nominees entered to run this Saturday in Melbourne and Sydney which will add further drama to the final weekend of voting which always builds anticipation with the leaderboard blackout. All of those horses will get the chance to make one final impression on fans in Australia and New Zealand before voting closes at 11.59pm this Sunday night. 

“All will then be revealed next Wednesday, when we unveil the first 10 horses set to line up in the $5 million Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile, with five wildcard runners then set to complete what will no doubt be another stellar field at Flemington next month.

“The clock is ticking though, so if you want to see your favourite horse in the 2022 Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile and be in the running for a share in $500,000 as an owner ambassador then you’ll need to log onto allstarmile.com.au before Sunday night and have your say.”

To view the Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile Leaderboard visit allstarmile.com.au

* Leaderboard positions and votes as at 10am (AEDT) on Thursday, 10 February 2022

Image: Lightsaber at Flemington (Credit: Racing Photos)

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