Jimmysstar earns All-Star Mile call up

Jimmysstar is the latest member of the Ciaron Maher stable to gain a start in the All-Star Mile.

JIMMYSSTAR winning the Get On Extra Handicap at Caulfield in Australia.
JIMMYSSTAR winning the Get On Extra Handicap at Caulfield in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Ciaron Maher and the connections of Jimmysstar have been offered a spot in the All-Star Mile after a comprehensive first-up win at Caulfield

Jimmysstar is the second member of the Maher team to be announced as an All-Star Mile (1600m) contestant at Caulfield on March 16, after Pride Of Jenni was confirmed as a starter on Friday. 

The pair joins Mr Brightside who was announced as a starter by Racing Victoria last month. 

Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager – Racing, Matt Welsh, offered Maher the All-Star Mile start soon after Jimmsstar had won the Sportsbet Get On Extra Handicap (1400m) on Saturday. 

Sent out the $1.65 favourite under Blake Shinn, Jimmysstar cruised to a 2-¾ length win from Who Dares ($5) with Forbidden City ($21) a further 1-¼ lengths away third. 

Jimmysstar was a little slow into stride, but Shinn was quickly able to recover the lost ground to take a midfield position. 

"We're pretty chuffed to get that sort of offer for the All-Star Mile and I'm sure the owners will be pretty chuffed as well," Maher said. 

"He's got a bright future. 

"For a ratings horse to then say you're racing at weight-for-age, it's a big thing, but certainly what he has shown us, he does show that talent that not many horses possess. 

"I know it's only a ratings race today, but he just continues to do it as we continue to raise the bar." 

Maher said there would be no rush in planning a campaign to the All-Star Mile as Jimmysstar will be able to take the easiest route without having to win his way in. 

"We have an end goal for him now," Maher said.