A thrilling renewal of The All-Star Mile saw Hugh Bowman cement his reputation as the ‘King of the Valley’ with victory in the world’s richest mile race on Mugatoo, whose owner ambassador Matt Forys walked away with a cheque for $250,000.

Mr Forys, a father-of-three who lives in Shepparton, will soon start searching the properly listings in earnest after pocketing the life-changing sum thanks to Bowman’s brilliance on the Kris Lees-trained Mugatoo, who was awarded a wildcard into the $5 million showpiece.

The construction manager, who won Tabcorp’s competition to represent Mugatoo, has set his sights on upgrading to a dream house after Bowman – a four-time Ladbrokes Cox Plate winner at The Valley – just got the better of another champion jockey, Damien Oliver on Russian Camelot. 

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