February 16, 2023 National Trotguide
AUSTRALIA’S premier harness racing event – the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles – returns on Saturday with a Free Kids Carnival.
There will be plenty of free entertainment for the entire family including amusement and pony rides, petting farm, face painters, food trucks and live music complemented with the feature event – the $250,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots of Fire.
The carnival atmosphere continues with Schweppes Ladies’ Night on Saturday, February 25, which is an evening to celebrate the contribution of women in the industry with feature racing for the fillies and mares, including the $200,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Queen Elizabeth II Mile, $200,000 John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks Final and $50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet.
Schweppes Ladies Night also includes the NSW Derby heats and the qualifying sprints for the Garrards Miracle Mile ($100,000 Allied Express Sprint & $100,000 Schweppes Sprint).
Racegoers are encouraged to don their most fashionable attire and enter the Fashions on the Field competition open to both Ladies and Gentlemen for the chance to win a share of the $5000 cash prize pool.
The Grand Circuit event, the Garrards Miracle Mile, is the culmination of an exciting 15-day carnival period. The final field of elite pacers will compete in Australasia’s richest 1609-metre Speed Pacing Championship with a $1million purse.
The field is assembled from the Newcastle Mile and Cordina Chariots of Fire winners, as well as the top two placegetters from the Allied Express and Schweppes Sprints. The balance of the field is selected from horses which contested the Chariots of Fire or the qualifying Sprints.
Also adding to the racing excitement is the $200,000 Group One NSW Derby Final over 2400 metres, the $125,000 Hammerhead Trotters’ Mile, The Light Horse Free-For-All of $100,000, $50,000 Sapling Stakes for two-year-old pacers and $25,000 Waratah Final.
Off the track racegoers can expect delicious food trucks, live music and entertainment. Menangle Country Club will host the official After Party from 10.30pm and is open until late.
Club Menangle’s Chief Executive Officer Bruce Christison said “After a couple of years impacted by flooding and Covid restrictions we are excited to launch the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles and showcase our first-class venue to the harness racing fraternity and Macarthur local community during this pinnacle racing period. The carnival offers something for everyone from free entry, children’s entertainment and live music to an array of affordable hospitality dining packages.”
General Admission to all nights is free with hospitality packages available starting from $55. Hospitality options include the premier Miracle Mile Restaurant and Tempus Two Marquee. The packages will feature uninhibited racetrack views, dedicated wait service, premium beverage packages and delicious food.