Cliff's Edge can get to the front and looks most likely to take up the running and try to dictate from the front.
Siege of Quebec can look to get forward to race handy to the speed.
It's Somewhat and Sir john Lavery will likely be close to the speed as well.
Prized Icon has been ridden forward in recent starts. His only start at The Valley as a 3YO saw him settle in the second-half of a ten-horse field when drawn this same gate.
Octabello jumps from gate 1 and is normally an off-pace type. They might want to settle a little closer to avoid being buried in the run.
Just 3 of the past 10 favourites in this race have been successful.
There has been a different trainer win this race every year for the past 9 years.
Mick Price (2011) and Darren Weir (2017) are the only trainers represented in 2018 that have won the race since the turn of the century.
Sovereign Nation and Cliff's Edge are the only runners that have a previous win at The Valley.
Prized Icon will be within two days of being two years winless. That last win was Octover 29 2016 in the VRC Derby.
It's Somewhat competes in his 2nd Crystal Mile- he was 3rd to Lucky Hussler in 2017.
Only gear change to factor - Sovereign Nation wears blinkers again.
Lycurgus (Jul 7 2018)and Snoano (Jun 2 2018) both tackle the race first-up.
Sir John Lavery is second-up, his first-up run was his first Australian appearance. His last British run was in the G1 QEII Stakes at Ascot.
Duca Valentinois is a four-time winner at the mile.
Tight at the top of the market with Siege Of Quebec and Cliff's Edge disputing favourtism.
Moves have been Cliff's Edge $4.20 --> $4 and Octabello $11 --> $10
The biggest hold is for Cliff's Edge who represents approx 50% of early trading.
Four of the ten runners are under double figures with Siege Of Quebec, Cliff's Edge, Sir John Lavery and It's Somewhat the order.
Snoano is the outsider of the field at $71 with Lycurgus at $41. All other runners have met with some medium of support in what looks a wide open contest.
The Crystal Mile is a standard weight-for-age event held for horses 3YO and older at Moonee Valley. The race is run over 1600m as part of Cox Plate day and is often used by horses that are following a path of Toorak Handicap, Crystal Mile, Longines Mile (formerly the Emirates Stakes).
First held in 1982 under handicap conditions, the race changed to weight-for-age in 2012. A Listed race from its inception it was granted Group 3 status in 1986. The race was elevated to the current Group 2 classification in 1996.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 will be $200,000 with the winner to receive $120,000. The 2017 winner was the Darren Weir trained Lucky Hussler, ridden by Blake Shinn. Other winners of the race include Turn Me Loose, Silent Achiever, Rangirangdoo, Niconero, Juggler and Solvit.
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|Date:||Saturday, 27th October 2018|
|Race Time:||15:35 AEDT|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2017 Winner:||Lucky Hussler|
|Market:||2018 Crystal Mile Odds|
|2016||THE UNITED STATES||01:39.7|
|2015||TURN ME LOOSE||01:35.0|
|2011||TESTA MY PATIENCE||01:36.7|