MIRACLE MILE winner My Field Marshal will begin his long journey back to the top when he returns to action at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Successful in the 2018 edition of Australasia’s premier sprint – in a southern hemisphere record 1:46.9 – My Field Marshal went from extreme high to devastating low during his 2019 title defence.
Retired from the race as Spankem claimed the glory, My Field Marshal was found to have fibrillated during the run.
As such trainer Tim Butt sent the son of Art Major for a long spell.
“Obviously I had him vetted straight away and we found out he fibrillated,” Butt said. “Along with the fibrillation in the Miracle Mile he had a bit of wear and tear so I gave him a spell.
“He was never going in the Inter Dominion or New Zealand Cup so it meant I could give him a bit longer off to recover.
“It seems to have done him the world of good as he is very bright and fresh.
“I’m pretty happy with him and expect him to put in a good run.”
To Butt’s disappointment My Field Marshal’s comeback has been hampered by the draw, with the millionaire to begin from the outside of the front row over 2300 metres.
“He’s drawn 10 pretty much every time he has raced at Menangle since winning the Miracle Mile and now I put him in a random draw hoping for a good barrier and he still gets 10,” Butt said.
“If he drew three or four I would say he’d be hard to beat.
“He’s had plenty of ground work, including at the trials, but you can’t beat racing.
“He is as good as I can get him at this stage but he will need a bit of seasoning to lift his fitness.”