Regal Power winning the 2020 All-Star Mile (Image: Racing Photos)
With the top 10 runners in The All-Star Mile revealed on Friday morning, attention now turns to the five remaining places in the $5 million feature to be run at The Valley on March 13, with the first spot up for grabs in Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Four runners in Saturday's race have already secured their place in the field and if Behemoth, Mr Quickie, Arcadia Queen or Probabeel are to salute - another discretionary wildcard will be at the disposal of Racing Victoria.
The second race that qualifies the winner with automatic entry into the field is next Saturday's $200,000 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
"Mugatoo, who finished 11th, is very keen to get a wildcard and so is Regal Power, who won last year," said RV Executive General Manager Racing, Greg Carpenter, on Friday.
"Chris Waller has an arsenal of horses he wants to get into The All-Star Mile horses like Imaging, Kolding, Star Of The Seas (and) Funstar, so a number of those horses are on our list.
"One of the forgotten horses on our list is Shout The Bar, she is a Group 1 winner over a mile here in Melbourne and a Group 1 winner in Sydney and Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott certainly haven't given up hope."
History would suggest a three-year-old element is likely to be included in the race and Carpenter said that would again be the case in 2021.
"I would say the three-year-old that wins the Australian Guineas and the horse that runs second we will give serious consideration to giving them a wildcard into the race," Carpenter explained.
"Tagaloa, who won the C.S. Hayes last week and is the Blue Diamond winner, is another."
While the field might still be taking shape, the Moonee Valley Racing Club is well prepared to play host to The All-Star Mile into its third year and hopes to do so in front of a big crowd.
"If I could write my own ticket at the moment it would be 10,000 people-plus," said MVRC CEO Michael Browell.
"But we are in constant dialogue with Government, DHHS to see what the crowd limit will be, we had the little hiccup last week with the lockdown.
"Next Friday is a key date 14 days on but let's hope we get the approval through before the end of February for a big crowd of more than 10,000 on the day."
One of the club's more popular packages on the day is set to be The All-Star Garden Party located on the front lawn, which is set to include a post-race concert.
The five wildcard recipients are set to be announced on Monday, March 1.