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    Miracle Mile win “might eclipse” recent milestone! Miracle Mile win “might eclipse” recent milestone!

    LOYALIST is poised to contest Saturday night's $1million Miracle Mile at Club Menangle

    RECENTLY enjoying the thrill of a training milestone, Joe Conolly has an opportunity to go ever so slightly better this weekend. Rarely without a... Miracle Mile win “might eclipse” recent milestone!

    RECENTLY enjoying the thrill of a training milestone, Joe Conolly has an opportunity to go ever so slightly better this weekend.

    Rarely without a handy performer in his boutique stable, Conolly registered his 100th success when Loyalist proved too good in Bathurst on January 24.

    “It was a pretty good milestone to celebrate,” Conolly said. “It certainly was nice to cross that off along the way.”

    As for his chance to raise the bar, Conolly is poised to contest Saturday night’s Miracle Mile at Club Menangle.

    To be represented by Loyalist in the $1million Garrards-sponsored sprint, Conolly is aiming for his maiden Group One triumph.

    “As good as it was to get my 100th win, I think winning the Miracle Mile might eclipse it a fraction,” Conolly said. “It would be massive to win a race like this…these are the races you dream about just being a part of.

    “I believe I do have a realistic chance if things go our way given the way the draws have come out.”

    With Seaton Grima to take the reins, Loyalist has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier three.

    TAB Fixed Odds have the son of Bettors Delight midfield at $23, with Queensland superstar Leap To Fame heading the market at $3 from gate nine.

    “The best way for my bloke to be driven, particularly at this level, is to follow the speed as long as he can,” Conolly said. “If they run the legs off each other up front, it sets the race up for a swooper and hopefully that is us.

    “Leap To Fame is likely to be in the breeze, and in such a hot speed, it won’t be easy for him..

    “He’s a brilliant horse, and I’m not saying he can’t win, but the conditions are against him.

    “For me it’s Dont Stop Dreaming as the one to beat…you can’t write him off.”

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