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    Now for the $1million Miracle Mile Now for the $1million Miracle Mile

    POSTER BOY winning the Chariots Of Fire at Club Menangle - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    OUTSTANDING pacer Poster Boy will be given the opportunity to grab a share of history early next month. Thanks to his victory in the... Now for the $1million Miracle Mile

    OUTSTANDING pacer Poster Boy will be given the opportunity to grab a share of history early next month.

    Thanks to his victory in the Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago, Poster Boy received a ‘golden ticket’ into the $1million Miracle Mile, which is programmed to be run around the 1400-metre circuit on March 2.

    With trainer Emma Stewart declaring the invite to Australasia’s richest race will be accepted, the son of Somebeachsomewhere will be aiming to become just the second pacer to secure the venue’s two premier events in the same season.

    Former boom gelding Have Faith In Me became the only performer to achieve the feat in 2016.

    Only three other pacers have captured the pair of features, which have been run simultaneously since the Chariots Of Fire’s introduction to the racing calendar in 1995.

    Holmes DG won the Chariots Of Fire in 1999 before returning to win the Miracle Mile as a five and six-year-old, Smooth Satin won the latter at five, while Christen Me was six.

    As for four-year-old Miracle Mile winners, Mount Eden was the ground breaker when he produced a phenomenal run to score in 1971, followed by Gundary Flyer in 1982, Westburn Grant (1989), Iraklis (1996) and Christian Cullen (1998).

    “We will definitely be starting him in the Miracle Mile,” Stewart said. “It’s not often you get a chance to compete in a $1million event.”

    Driven superbly by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Poster Boy was eased towards the tail of the field from barrier eight as Picard led from gate two.

    Pulled five-deep at the top of the home straight, Poster Boy unleashed a scintillating sprint to score by two metres from Ashley Locaz, with Hail Christian a metre-and-a-half away third.

    Covering the mile in a fast 1:49.1, the Australian Pacing Gold eligible entire provided Stewart with her second Chariots Of Fire success, having prepared Guaranteed to annex the 2014 edition with Gavin Lang in the cart.

    “He’d had the perfect preparation for this and was in super shape,” Stewart said. “The draw was always going to be tricky, but Chris just drove him perfectly.

    “After staying out of any early speed battles, Chris timed his run to perfect in the home straight.”

    Boasting an imposing 18 wins and six placings from 25 starts for earnings of $671,390, Poster Boy became just the fourth campaigner to complete the New South Wales Derby/Chariots Of Fire double.

    Franco Hat Trick was the ground breaker in 1997 and ’98, followed by Holmes DG in ‘98 and ’99 and Elsu in 2003 and ’04.

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