Analysis: When the All-Star Mile was launched on a platform of fan engagement as the world’s richest mile race, there was a clear intent to make it the centrepiece of the Melbourne autumn.

Mr Brightside
Mr Brightside is a clear-cut favourite to defend his All-Star Mile crown. (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Five years later, cold hard facts tell us it is no longer the ‘people’s race’ nor is it one that carries a purse that is the biggest of its kind for a mile on racing’s global stage.

And whether the All-Star Mile remains the focal point of the Melbourne autumn carnival, at least in 2024, is up for debate.

It’s a conversation that has been gaining traction in the past few weeks in concert with an extended list of high-profile All-Star Mile withdrawals.

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