IT’S a clash two years in the making and potentially one worth waiting for!
On Saturday night the past two Miracle Mile winners will match strides at Albion Park to kick-start Queensland’s Constellations Carnival.
Successful in the 2019 Miracle Mile, Spankem missed his title defence through injury as King Of Swing raced to glory.
Earlier this year King Of Swing became the seventh pacer to complete consecutive wins in Australasia’s premier speed test since the Group One’s inauguration in 1967.
Absent again due to circumstances, Spankem indicated he is back to his best with a strong win at Albion Park last weekend.
On the same night King Of Swing registered a soft victory at Club Menangle when first-up since his Miracle Mile triumph on March 6.
As for their pending battle, King Of Swing has drawn take an early advantage for trainer Belinda McCarthy.
With McCarthy’s husband, Luke, to take the reins, the son of Rocknroll Hanover will begin from the pole.
“It’s a perfect draw to start his Queensland campaign,” McCarthy said. “He needed the run last week, and while he is still short of peak fitness, he will improve from the outing.
“He will be hard to beat from the draw, but that said, whatever he does on Saturday night he will improve on again.”
A recent addition to the Darren Weeks stable, Spankem faces a difficult task from gate six.
Spankem was prepared by power couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen until the beginning of this year when the pair decided to take a break from trainer.
Hayden Cullen gave the six-year-old four starts for three seconds, including the Group One Easter Cup on April 3 before the switch to Weeks.
“The draw hasn’t been as kind to us, but I’m happy with where Spankem is at and expect a big run from him,” Weeks said.
Saturday night’s feature has a third Miracle Mile connection, being named after 1970 champion Lucky Creed.
Trained by Queensland car wrecker Merv Wanless and predominantly driven by Vic Frost, Lucky Creed became a household name during the 1970s, with his feats including a record 24 consecutive wins.