Race 5 ALLIED EXPRESS SPRINT
THE date with history has been set.
Two-time Miracle Mile winner King Of Swing will get his shot at an unprecedented third win in our greatest sprint after a narrow, but impressive victory in tonight’s $100,000 Group 1 Allied Express Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Left facing the breeze for much of the trip, the King fought on bravely in the straight to hold off the fast-finishing Bundoran (Amanda Turnbull), with Jay OK third (Gavin Fitzpatrick) third in a slashing 1:47.9 mile.
“I thought we’d lead but he’s gone as well as he ever as in winning like that,” said champion reinsman Luke McCarthy after a half-head victory.
“To sit parked like that and still hold them off was just massive.
“Yes, I was worried alright. I went up to have a look for the lead but Josh Gallagher (Boncel Benjamin) pulled the whip to hold, so I thought ‘well, we’re here now’.
“He really lifted on the corner . . . he’s just a champion.
“He just won’t let the others get past him.
“I thought Amanda might have got me out wide because had she been a little closer to us the King would have seen her and fought even harder to hold Bundoran off.
“But full credit to the horse; he’s just amazing.
“That win won’t hurt – it will probably bring him on,
“He’s such an athlete; he’ll be up for the challenge next week.”