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    Leap To Fame will need to make history to win Miracle Mile Leap To Fame will need to make history to win Miracle Mile

    STILL THE FAVOURITE: Leap To Fame will need to overcome a horror draw to win the Miracle Mile.

    QUEENSLAND superstar pacer Leap To Fame will need to make history if he is to add this weekend’s $1m Garrards Miracle Mile to his... Leap To Fame will need to make history to win Miracle Mile

    QUEENSLAND superstar pacer Leap To Fame will need to make history if he is to add this weekend’s $1m Garrards Miracle Mile to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.

    That’s because the Inter Dominion champion will have to come from gate seven to win Saturday night’s Group 1.

    And no horse has ever won the Miracle Mile from either barrier seven or eight since the great race moved to Tabcorp Park Menangle .

    Leap To Fame actually drew barrier nine at yesterday’s gala luncheon to draw the marbles after the final field was announced on Saturday night.

    But with first emergency Curly James (barrier four) and second emergency South Coast Arden (barrier six) expected to be scratched, Leap To Fame can expect to start from barrier seven.

    Chariots of Fire winner Frankie Ferocious was also thrown an ‘anchor’ when he drew barrier 10 and should start from barrier eight on the big night.

    The final field in barrier order is:

    1. Speak The Truth
    2. Spirit Of St Louis
    3. Loyalist
    4. Curly James (em1)
    5. Sooner The Bettor
    6. South Coast Arden (em2)
    7. Hi Manameisjeff
    8. Don’t Stop Dreaming
    9. Leap To Fame
    10. Frankie Ferocious.

    Certainly premier reinsman Cameron Hart was left to do some serious thinking before deciding which of the two horses he will choose for the big race, either Hi Manameisjeff or Frankie Ferocious.

    “I’ll have to sit down with Jason (Grimson) and discuss how we think the race will be run,” said Hart after the barriers were drawn.

    “I’ll make my choice after we discuss it.

    “Hi Manameisjeff was huge last night in winning and is going so well, we really couldn’t be happier with him.

    “And Frankie Ferocious is so versatile but that versatility will really be tested next weekend as we will have to make use of that.”

    Hart said Leap To Fame was still entitled to be favourite for the million dollar race.

    “But he’ll have a bit of work to do if he is going to win,” he said.

    Hart said Sydney was his home now after he was raised in the Riverina.

    “This is our premier race so naturally it is the one we all want to win,” he said.

    “And to do it with one of Jason [Grimson’s] horses would just be perfect.”

    Another ‘local’, trainer Joe Conolly was over the moon after his unheralded pacer Loyalist finished second in one of the Sprints to qualify for a start.

    “It’s pretty special just to be in a race of this quality,” said the part-time trainer, who works in the police force.

    “We won’t do anything with Loyalist out of the ordinary this week: we’ll just try to keep him happy and not think about the Miracle Mile too much until later in the week and then we’ll see where we’re at.

    “My bloke can follow speed all day because he tries so hard and the harder they go, the more he likes it.

    “I’m off to work tomorrow and my whole station takes an interest and will be watching Loyalist when he goes around.

    “Hopefully they’ll be pretty flexible with me this week.”

    Latest markets released after the barrier draw have Leap To Fame an easing favourite at $2.40 with Hi Manameisjeff $3, Speak The Truth $6, Frankie Ferocious $8.50 and Spirit Of St Louis $9 with the rest of the field all double figure odds.

     

     

     

     

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