ALL the glitz and glamour may have left Club Menangle when the gates closed on Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean the action won’t be of a ‘gold standard’ when racing returns to the world class venue tomorrow.
Just to recap, Club Menangle hosted its biggest meeting of the year during the weekend, with the program headlined by the famed Miracle Mile.
Australasia’s premier and richest sprint, the $1million Garrards-sponsored major was captured by Victorian raider, Catch A Wave.
Leading throughout, the Andy Gath-trained pacer covered the 1609-metre dash in 1:48.8 to score from Spirit Of St Louis and Honolua Bay.
Purchased through Australian Pacing Gold, Catch A Wave took his record to 17 wins and a second from 22 starts for earnings of $1,123,120.
Fast forward to tomorrow afternoon and Club Menangle will host eight races destined to deliver plenty of excitement, with each field crammed with talent and strong form.
A perfect example is the opening race on the card, with 14 trotters to compete over a mile from a standing start.
More than half the field has been in the winners’ circle during their past eight starts, particularly The Gold Standard which boasts three victories and a second since returning to the David Lindon stable.
To be driven by Sean Grayling, The Gold Standard is the widest runner from the front line due to his Outside of the Draw status in standing starts.
The son of Majestic Son won under similar conditions when prepapred by Elizabeth Heath last season.
“He is in great form and will go well again,” Lindon said. “Although he is outside of the draw at the moment, he has won from the stand numerous times.
“If he steps cleanly, which I hope he will, he’ll be very hard to beat.”