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Admirals Joker nominated for richest race in world

By Meg Saultry

Reigning Seymour Cup winner Admirals Joker has been nominated for The All-Star Mile, a $5 million race to be run at Flemington later this year.

But it is up to the public to decide who will run in the richest race in the world, which takes its inspiration from Japan’s famous fan-voted race, the Arima Kinen.

The locally-owned horse, who has had 14 starts for six wins and five second placings, is among more than 90 horses up for a public vote, which will see 10 chosen for the starting line-up.

For those that miss out on the vote, there are still other avenues to the starting line, including two qualifying races - the Futurity Stakes next month and the Blamey Stakes in March - while three wildcards will also be chosen.

Owner Karen Butler said Admirals Joker’s recent form, including a home-town win at the Seymour Cup, had been incredible to watch.

“We are super proud of him. He’s been very consistent and hasn’t let us down,” she said.

“He had an injury early on, but with the work of trainers Kylie and Steve Vella he has come back and done all of this.

“It’s a bit of a fairytale.”

Butler said it would mean a lot to have the support of the Seymour community in getting Admirals Joker into the All-Star Mile.

“We’re up against one horse who has 800 owners,” she said.

“Ours is family-owned and bred in Seymour.

“The strange part of the race is it doesn’t mean the best horse will make it.

“But you have to be in it to win it, and we’d love to get him in.”

In an interesting twist, if Admirals Joker does get up for the race, one voter will be chosen as an owner ambassador alongside the Butlers.

It means if Admirals Joker crosses the line first, the ambassador will take home up to $250 000, while a finish will still pocket the ambassador prize money.

Voters can also go in the running to receive free general admission tickets to raceday at the Caulfield Cup.

A leaderboard blackout will begin in 23 days.

To vote, head to https://www.allstarmile.com.au/