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

    SINCE its inception, the Miracle Mile has become the event that captures the imagination – and opinion – of the harness racing population. Developed... Miracle Mile – how the stats stack up

    SINCE its inception, the Miracle Mile has become the event that captures the imagination – and opinion – of the harness racing population.

    Developed in 1967, the Group One was designed with a single mission in mind…creating a ‘miracle’.

    To be more precise, the dream was to see the two-minute barrier broken for the first time under race conditions in Australia.

    To everyone’s delight, New Zealand wonder mare Robin Dundee achieved the feat during inaugural running, stopping the clock in 1:59.

    This year enthusiasts are hoping to see another miracle, with the world record 1:46 touted as a possibility.

    At minimum, the 1:46.9 Australasian record – set in the 2018 Miracle Mile – is expected to tumble given the speed of the elite eight-horse field.

    As we count down to tonight’s edition at Club Menangle, here are some statistics on the race which has become ultimate speed test on this side of the equator.

     

    SEX OF WINNERS:

    3 Mares – (Robin Dundee, 1967 – Norms Daughter, June 1996 – Baby Bling, April 2013)

    24 Stallions – (Last winner – King Of Swing, 2020)

    26 Geldings – (Last winner – Spankem, 2019)

    AGES OF WINNERS:

    4-Y-O – 7

    5-Y-O – 19

    6-Y-O – 12

    7-Y-O – 8

    8-Y-O – 5

    9-Y-O – 1

    12-Y-O – 1

    SUCCESSFUL BARRIERS:

    1 – 10 (Last winner, Smoken Up – 2011)

    2 – 10 (Last winner, Be Good Johnny – 2005)

    3 – 6 (Last winner, Baby Bling – April 2013)

    4 – 13 (Last winner, King Of Swing – 2020)

    5 – 9 (Last winner, Lennytheshark – 2017)

    6 – 4 (Last winner, Double Identity – 2002)

    7 – 1 (Last winner, Spankem – 2019)

    8 – 0

    FIVE FASTEST WINNERS:

    My Field Marshal (2018) – 1:46.9

    Have Faith In Me (2016) – 1:47.5

    Spankem (2019) – 1:47.7

    King Of Swing (2020) – 1:48

    Christen Me (2014) – 1:49.1

    FIVE SLOWEST WINNERS:

    The Scotsman (1979) – 2:00.7

    Bay Foyle (1972) – 2:00.6

    Pure Steel (1978) and Locarno (1980) – 2:00.4

    Chokin (1993) – 2:00

    CONSECUTIVE WINNERS:

    Westburn Grant (1989 and ‘90)

    Chokin (1993 and ‘94)

    Holmes D G (1999 and 2000)

    Sokyola (2003 and ‘04)

    Be Good Johnny (2005 and ‘06)

    Smoken Up (2010 and ‘11)

    MOST APPEARANCES:

    Paleface Adios – 7

    1974 – 2nd (Hondo Grattan 1)

    1975 – 5th (Young Quinn 1)

    1976 – 1st (Don’t Retreat 2, Hondo Grattan 3)

    1977 – 2nd (Royal Force 2)

    1978 – 2nd (Pure Steel 1)

    1979 – 2nd (The Scotsman 1)

    1980 – 3rd (Locarno 1, Pure Steel 2)

    WHERE WINNERS TRAINED:

    New South Wales – 16 (Last winner, King Of Swing – April 2020)

    New Zealand – 15 (Last winner, Spankem – 2019)

    Western Australia – 7 (Last winner, Norms Daughter – June 1996)

    Victoria – 10 (Last winner, Lennytheshark – 2017)

    Queensland – 3 (Last winner, Be Good Johnny – 2006)

    Tasmania – 1 (Last winner, Halwes – 1968)

    FAVOURITES:

    21 Successful – 32 Unsuccessful

    BEATEN WHEN ODDS-ON:

    Preux Chevalier – 8/11 – Last in 1984

    Village Kid – 4/9 – 3rd in December 1986

    Il Vicolo – 4/5 – 2nd in June 1996

    Iraklis – 9/10 – 3rd in 1997

    Blacks A Fake – 4/7 – 5th in 2008

    Excel Stride – 5/4 – 4th in April 2013

    Beautide – 9/4 – 2nd in November 2014

    MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS:

    Barry Purdon – Christopher Vance (1991), Chokin (1993 and ‘94) and Holmes DG (1999 and 2000)

    Lance Justice – Sokyola (2003 and ‘04) and Smoken Up (2010 and ‘11)

    MOST SUCCESSFUL DRIVERS:

    Vic Frost – Lucky Creed (1970), Westburn Grant (1989 and ‘90)

    Tony Herlihy – Christopher Vance (1991), Chokin (1993 and ‘94)

    Lance Justice – Sokyola (2003), Smoken Up (2010 and ‘11)

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