Cascadian poised for All-Star Mile redemption

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In the upcoming 2024 All-Star Mile (1600m), Cascadian, last year's runner-up, is geared up for redemption after being granted a wildcard entry to the $4 million contest.

This nine-year-old veteran, owned by the influential operation, aims to surpass his previous performance at The Valley, where he chased home Mr Brightside.

Set to unfold at on Saturday, March 16, this race marks an opportunity for Cascadian to secure victory and erase the memories of his second-place finish.

Trained by , the grandson of the legendary horseman Bart Cummings, Cascadian's journey towards redemption started last year when his strong showing in the All-Star Mile propelled him to success in the Australian Cup (2000m).

This impressive feat earned him over $2.5 million in prize money within a week.

Looking ahead, Cascadian has the $3 million Australian Cup at on Saturday, March 30, firmly on his radar.

However, his immediate focus is on claiming his first All-Star Mile victory.

Despite a challenging run in the Group 2 (1400m) upon his return, Cascadian showcased his prowess by finishing fourth in the Group 1 (1600m) at , coming from last at the 800-metre mark.

In the All-Star Mile, Cascadian might be accompanied by his Stakes-winning stablemate , who earned a spot in the race with a runner-up finish in the Group 1 Stakes (1400m).

Six wildcards, including Cascadian, have been awarded, with the final field announcement and barrier draw scheduled for Tuesday, March 12.

As the Victorian Festival of Racing approaches, Cascadian aims to be a formidable contender in two of its marquee contests, setting the stage for an exciting and competitive racing season.

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