By Bexley Martin
It is a horse race that accepts entries by votes, and the winner is not always the horse.
By voting for your favourite horse in the All-Star Mile, you will be in the running to win a share in $500,000 with the first prize being $250,000.
If chosen, you will become the owner ambassador for the horse you voted on and represent the horse on the raceday. This includes flights from your capital city to Melbourne, transfers, 5-star accommodation plus a VIP raceday experience at The All-Star Mile raceday hosted this year at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Bungaree Football Club has formed a small fundraising syndication with members of Heart of Puissance and are hopeful their three-year-old chestnut gelding, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, who created a big impression winning his first two starts will make the top-ten in voting to be eligible compete.
The 1600-metre race has been tagged as a race “like no other”, as it boasts itself as being the only race where you get to vote for a horse.
Darren Rix from the Bungaree Football Club said they have managed to get more than 3400 votes for the two-time winning horse, ‘Heart of Puissance’, but they still require at least another 5000 votes to remain in the top ten.
“We just want to put the word out there this week, because voting will finish on Friday,” he added.
The event also acts as a fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital when Racing Victoria named the Good Friday Appeal as being the charity partner of the All-Stars Mile; with every horse voted for in the event RV will commit $1 to the bushfire appeal.
Mr Rix said the local club doesn’t own the horse outright, they just have a small share.
“We have 58 owners associated with the club, who own shares in the horse through the Bungaree Lair Syndicate.
“If it wins or places, all the owners will have a share in the prize money” he said.
“I think you would be very lucky if you get another chance. We are very lucky to be in the top ten at the moment. ” he added.
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WHAT IS THE ALL-STAR MILE?
The All-Star Mile is a race like no other in Australia, with the fans choosing the horses that will compete – their ‘All Stars’. With a winner’s cheque for $2.25m and an overall prize purse of $5m, it is officially the richest mile race in the world. The All-Star Mile will be rotated around Melbourne’s three premier racetracks, Flemington, Caulfield and The Valley. The inaugural race at Flemington in March 2019 was won by Mystic Journey, the flying filly from Tasmania who cost just $11,000.