The stage is set for another top edition of the All-Star Mile in 2024, with Mr Brightside looming large as the odds-on favourite to defend his title this weekend at Caulfield.

Mr Brightside Wins 2024 Futurity Stakes

Mr Brightside is short priced favourite to become the first two-time All-Star Mile champion this weekend at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Lindsay Park‘s superstar galloper dominated the race at The Valley last year and now enjoys an even greater advantage on his preferred track at Caulfield.

He boasts an impressive record at the course (five wins from six starts) and comes into the race in peak form following consecutive victories in the C.F. Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes.

His dominance is reflected in the pre-race markets, with Mr Brightside priced at a commanding $1.90 for victory through Ladbrokes.

The only horse seemingly capable of challenging Mr Brightside’s reign is the classy mare Pride Of Jenni.

Despite having just one win at Caulfield in nine attempts, she cannot be underestimated.

Fresh off a narrow defeat to Mr Brightside in the C.F. Orr Stakes, she appears primed for another battle this weekend.

Declan Bates retains the reins on Pride Of Jenni, who is currently at $3.40 in the All-Star Mile betting.

The evergreen Godolphin runner Cascadian represents the veteran presence in the field.

This nine-year-old boasts a decorated career with winnings exceeding $8.5 million.

While his recent form hasn’t been dominant, he has shown signs of improvement and should not be ruled out entirely.

Cascadian is priced at $11 to cause an upset.

Desert Lightning injects international flair into the race, as one of this year’s All-Star Mile runners representing New Zealand.

This four-year-old earned his All-Star Mile berth with a surprise victory in the Aetaroa Classic.

He will be making his first Australian appearance and is an interesting outsider at $15.

Jamie Kah, fresh off her emotional Newmarket Handicap win at Flemington last weekend, will be looking to continue her hot streak aboard Ayrton.

This Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr.-trained runner is another contender at $15, boasting recent Stakes victories and a fighting spirit.

The All-Star Mile promises to be an exciting spectacle, with Mr Brightside the clear favourite but several other horses capable of causing an upset.

The race will be held at Caulfield this Saturday as Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEDT), and all eyes will be on Mr Brightside as he attempts to become the first two-time All-Star Mile champion.

2024 All-Star Mile Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x111222x11 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 11 59kg 118
2 x5213x7x94 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 7 59kg 114
3 1141x412x8 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Ms Linda Meech 2 59kg 104
4 x128x30176 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Mark Zahra 10 59kg 106
5 823x2319x4 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Damian Lane 12 59kg 110
6 901410×333 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 9 59kg 106
7 113x21500x PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Ben Allen 1 59kg 106
8 3182×13113 DESERT LIGHTNING (NZ) Peter & Dawn Williams Vinnie Colgan 8 59kg 110
9 78×1760153 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 5 59kg 104
10 097×291119 PUNTURA (NZ) Robbie Patterson Craig Grylls 4 59kg 108
11 Fx69215142 HOLYMANZ (NZ) Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 3 59kg 98
12 98x62611x2 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 6 57kg 115

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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