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    MY FIELD MARSHAL winning the 2018 Miracle Mile in a record 1:46.9 - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    ‘THERE is a first time for everything’ approach has been adopted by trainer Tim Butt following My Field Marshal’s shocking draw in Saturday night’s... Defending champ can overcome horror draw

    ‘THERE is a first time for everything’ approach has been adopted by trainer Tim Butt following My Field Marshal’s shocking draw in Saturday night’s Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    Aiming to become just the seventh title holder to successfully defend his crown since the Miracle Mile’s inception in 1967, My Field Marshal has drawn barrier nine in the $1million Group One.

    No pacer has captured the Grand Circuit event from wider than five since the Miracle Mile was switched to Menangle a decade ago.

    The son of Art Major came from gate three to win last season’s edition in a southern hemisphere record 1:46.9.

    My Field Marshal moves into eight once the emergency is taken out of the equation.

    “The draw isn’t what I want but that’s what we’ve got,” Butt said. “It’s going to make life very hard for him from there.

    “No horse has won the race from that wide, but no horse had won in 1:46.9 either until last year.

    “That’s the beauty about racing, anything can happen and records are made to be broke.”

    As for the draw he wanted – Butt had his eye on the pole…well, sort of!

    With the barriers selected by the various connections at Menangle last weekend, Butt had his sights on one ‘hat’.

    “They had the barrier numbers under hats and there was one hat which stood out to me so I was going to pick that one,” Butt explained. “Unfortunately my turn didn’t come until late and Poster Boy’s people grabbed the hat.

    “Sure enough, he’s coming from the pole and we have the worst draw!”

    Citing Thefixer as the one to beat from gate two, Butt remains confident My Field Marshal can join Westburn Grant, Chokin, Holmes D G, Sokyola, Be Good Johnny and Smoken Up as a consecutive Miracle Mile winner.

    The seven-year-old scraped into the field as one of the last two invitees after finishing fifth in last week’s Canadian Club Sprint won by Spankem.

    “He did well on the weekend in what was his first run since racing in Perth five weeks earlier,” Butt said. “He has pulled up terrific for the run and will be a big improver on that.

    “He came home in 25.3 seconds when five-wide, and other than the winner, his was the run of the race.

    “He was a bit colty and full of himself before that run but is more focused this week.

    “From the draw Thefixer has to be considered the one to beat.”

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