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    SPANKEM winning the Miracle Mile at Club Menangle - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    A RECORD-BREAKING final quarter saw Spankem join a select fraternity of pacers at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago. Covering the last 400 metres... Record splits sees Spankem spank them

    A RECORD-BREAKING final quarter saw Spankem join a select fraternity of pacers at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago.

    Covering the last 400 metres in a brilliant 25.4 seconds, Spankem outclassed his rivals in the $1million Miracle Mile.

    As such the son of Bettors Delight became just the seventh four-year-old to capture Australasia’s premier sprint since its inception in 1967.

    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), Christian Cullen (1998) and Have Faith In Me in 2016.

    Driven by co-trainer Mark Purdon, Spankem was pushed forward from barrier seven to take the lead from his stablemate, Thefixer.

    “Once he got to the front I knew it would take a big run to catch him given the way he worked here a couple of days ago,” Purdon said.

    Allowed to roll along at a steady tempo, Spankem left his rivals gasping for breath with his final split on his way to a metre-and-a-half win from Thefixer, with Poster Boy seven-and-a-half metres away third.

    “I knew Thefixer would keep coming, but with the way Spankem got home it didn’t give anything else a chance to run him down,” Purdon said.

    Covering the mile in 1:47.7, the gelding’s time was eight-tenths of a second outside My Field Marshal’s southern hemisphere record established in last year’s edition of the Grand Circuit event.

    “This is a real thrill,” Purdon said. “It is a wonderful night of racing and doesn’t get better.”

    Poised to head back to New Zealand next week, Spankem will be given a short break before being readied for the Taylor Mile on April 26 and the Messenger Stake the following week.

    “Those two races will see him out for the season,” Purdon said. “He has had a big year and will be ready for a break by then.

    “That will give him time to have a good spell before coming back for the New Zealand Cup in November.”

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