Back-to-back Blamey Stakes victor Fifty Stars has won a wildcard into the $5 million All-Star Mile but connections face the tough decision of deciding between the richest mile race in the world or an elusive group 1.
The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained entire ran quicker time than Alligator Blood in winning Saturday's group 2 mile at Flemington, which earned him a direct passage into the All-Star Mile at Caulfield in a fortnight's time.
Craig Williams steers Fifty Stars to victory in the Blamey Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:AAP
David Hayes was convinced Flemington was his preferred track and set him on a preferred path towards defending his Blamey Stakes title and backing up seven days later in an Australian Cup.
But the five-year-old's strong first-up display at Caulfield at his previous run has given connections a few headaches going into his next start.
"We're just going to sleep on it," Hayes said.
"He's a stallion prospect by Sea The Stars but it's the richest mile race in the world. We might go to Sydney for the group 1s after the race.
"We weren't planning for the big race because we thought he was a bad Caulfield horse but his Caulfield run was excellent and he just needs galloping room when he goes.
"If he were mine, I would go for the All-Star Mile. If he were mine; but he's not."
Lindsay Park could have as many as five runners if Fifty Stars runs in next Saturday's Australia Cup, including two-time reigning champion Harlem, Constantinople, Cape Of Good Hope and So Si Bon.
But Hayes said he would turn to some sectional analysts to determine whether Fifty Stars could beat the star-studded three-year-old contingent heading to the All-Star Mile.
"If the Guineas form just blew us out of the water and we were kidding ourselves, the Australian Cup is very tempting," he said.
"Smarter people than me can dissect the two races."
Racing Victoria will announce on Monday who has acquired the five wildcard spots, which will include whether Streets Of Avalon (Futurity Stakes) and Fifty Stars (Blamey Stakes) have accepted the invite.
With at least three spots to fill, RV's executive general manager of racing Greg Carpenter said group 1 performances across the weekend would help determine their wishlist.
Among those in contention include Surround Stakes winner Probabeel and runner-up Funstar, Australian Guineas runner-up Superstorm and Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up Verry Elleegant.
The All-Star Mile committee will meet on Sunday morning and put together their wish list by Sunday afternoon.
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