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    One in, can stablemates make it three? One in, can stablemates make it three?

    MACH DAN winning at club Menangle

    WITH one runner already in Australasia’s ultimate speed test, premier horsewoman Emma Stewart will attempt to qualify two more pacers for the Miracle Mile... One in, can stablemates make it three?

    WITH one runner already in Australasia’s ultimate speed test, premier horsewoman Emma Stewart will attempt to qualify two more pacers for the Miracle Mile this weekend.

    Thanks to his success in last Friday’s Newcastle Mile, Mach Dan became the first contender to earn a berth in the $1million Garrards-sponsored Group One, which is scheduled to be run at Club Menangle on March 4.

    Just 24 hours after Mach Dan’s victory, the Andy Gath-prepared Catch A Wave sealed his position in the Grand Circuit event by capturing the Chariots Of Fire at Club Menangle.

    On Saturday night the world class venue will host a pair of $100,000 qualifying events, with Stewart represented by a runner in each.

    Recently returning to Stewart’s care, Hurricane Harley is engaged in the Schweppes Sprint, while Honolua Bay will contest the Allied Express Sprint.

    Midfield in betting at $11 with TAB Fixed Odds, Hurricane Harley has drawn awkwardly in barrier six.

    The stallion slots into five with the removal of the emergency.

    Bondi Lockdown heads the market at $2 from the pole.

    “It’s a tough draw, which doesn’t help the confidence,” Stewart said. “That said, he is going into it feeling good and ready to run a good race.

    “It will come down to what kind of luck he gets on the night.”

    Kept fresh since his A G Hunter Cup triumph at Tabcorp Park Melton three weeks ago, Honolua Bay is the $3.10 favourite from gate 10.

    In what is considered a wide open affair, Better Eclipse and Expensive Ego are vying for favouritism at $3.40 and $4.40 from barriers five and six.

    “Honolua Bay couldn’t be any better,” Stewart said. “Just wish I could say the same thing about the draw.

    “As great as he feels, it’s not different than with Harley…he’s going to need the right run.”

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