Several changes for the 2020 running of the All-Star Mile (1600m) have been announced, including the eligibility of New Zealanders for the public vote.
Prize money for the All-Star Mile, which will be run at Caulfield in March with 15 runners, will remain at A$5m though the allocation of the prizemoney has been changed, affecting the lower placed horses.
The top 10 horses from a public vote will gain automatic entry, and there are to be two 'win-and-you're in' races - The Gr.1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and the Gr.2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
"We were delighted with the passion shown for the race by the Australian public in its inaugural year and we've taken our time since to consider the various feedback we've received on how we can make The All-Star Mile 2020 even better,” RV executive general manager of racing Greg Carpenter said.
"We're excited to announce that we'll be allowing racing fans in New Zealand the opportunity to also vote for their favourite horse to gain a start in The All-Star Mile.”
Nominations for The All-Star Mile 2020 will open in December, with voting to begin in January.