DEFENDING two-time Miracle Mile champion King Of Swing cleared his first hurdle, with room to spare, when the draws for this
weekend’s Allied Express and Schweppes Sprint fields were decided this afternoon.
Chasing a place in history by becoming the first horse to win three Miracle Miles, Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s champion pacer has
drawn ideally in gate two for the second of the $100,000 sprints, which guarantees a berth in the Miracle Mile to the first two across
Polemarker The Black Prince gets a serious shot at qualifying as well as he is certain to take the trail behind King Of Swing, who
has rarely been beaten when he leads in any race.
Other chances include Inter Dominion winner Boncel Benjamin, Newcastle Mile runner-up Balraj, Max Delight, Cruz Bromac,
Bundoran and Jay OK in what should be a battle royale to finish close enough to be considered for an invitation into ‘The Big
The first of the $100,000 sprints will be no less exciting with McCarthy’s talented pair of Spirit Of St Louis and Expensive Ego poised
to fight it out with the likes of Zeuss Bromac, Line Up, Triple Eight and Majestic Cruiser.
Luke McCarthy has also declared Expensive Ego and Spirit Of St Louis as ‘spot-on’ for their major challenge of earning a spot in the
$1million race to be run Saturday week at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
“Expensive Ego pulled up well and last weekend’s defeat, well, that style or racing just did not suit him,” said the star reinsman.
“The owners thought he might have had enough this prep but I disagreed and sometimes he can be a bit dour but his Inter Dom
runs were amazing and I’m happy to let the horse do the talking this weekend.
“The King is great. He and Spirit Of St Louis had a trial on Friday and they worked really well.
“Louis is getting better every preparation and it’s just been progressive and he has continued to get stronger and now he’s really stepping
up to the challenge.”
With no Lochinvar Art there to contend after he was sent for a spell, Team McCarthy looks on track to get at least three runners
into the Miracle Mile.
Fields for the two sprints, in barrier order, are:
Whether it is racing – Standardbreds or Thoroughbreds – rehabilitation, agistment or breeding, Cobbitty Equine Farm’s location, facilities and operations ensure the horses welfare and development are paramount.