South Australia looks to have two strong chances to make the final field for March’s lucrative All Star Mile.
Chris Bieg’s Blue Diamond placgetter Free of Debt and Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas’ Group 2 winning colt Dalasan will hopefully be flying the flag for South Australia in the world’s richest mile race.
The ten horses with the most public votes will be guaranteed a place in the final field and Free of Debt and Dalasan are extremely close to that mark as they currently sit twelfth and thirteenth in the rankings with over 1,000 votes each.
With a $2.25 million winner’s cheque up for grabs, there’s no doubt it’s a race all owners would love to have a runner in. The inaugural race run last year was won by Mystic Journey who cost just $11,000.
Trainer Chris Bieg will be hoping that luck can rub off on his own bargain buy, with Free of Debt selling for only $30,000 in 2018. The colt has already amassed $231k in prizemoney and the speedster will now turn his attention to the All Star Mile in March.
It was a late decision from Bieg to enter the colt in the All Star Mile but he believes that his horse is ready for the 1600m.
“A couple of weeks before the nominations closed after a track gallop, Jake Toeroek and I had a chat and we believe he is starting to switch of enough during his work to suggest that he will get to a mile race this preparation,” Bieg said.
“I know he has only proven himself over the shorter trip but we’re very confident that given this opportunity he will show us what we believe he can do.”
Big races like this are the reason many owners get into the game and for a number of his small owners a good run in a race like this can be life changing.
“Obviously the prizemoney for connections is very appealing but the whole build up and the event itself will be very exciting to be a part of.”
While Bieg and connections will be very keen to get the colt into the race on votes, there are also five wildcard spots up for grabs. With spots in the race extremely competitive, Bieg has a few other options for the horse up his sleeve, including an appearance at Morphettville during the Festival of Racing.
“We are taking it as it comes but I’m really keen on seeing him race on his home track again and the May Carnival is a definitely an option. Sydney is also an option.”
Get behind either of our South Australian chances by voting at www.allstarmile.com.au