IF LAST week’s A G Hunter Cup victory wasn’t enough, superstar pacer Leap To Fame has issued another ominous warning ahead of Club Menangle’s famed Carnival of Miracles.
A class above his rivals in the $500,000 Melton-based Grand Circuit event, Leap To Fame trounced his opposition with a record-breaking Cranbourne Cup triumph just moments ago.
After racing three-wide without cover during the final lap, the son of Bettors Delight cruised to a nine-and-a-half metre win from Max Delight, which was driven a treat by Nathan Jack.
Rakero Rebel was four-and-a-half metres away third.
Taking his tally to an imposing 33 wins and eight placings from 43 starts, Leap To Fame rated 1:55.6 over 2555 metres, slashing five-tenths of a second from Shadow Sax’s 2018 track record.
Rapt with the stallion’s performance, trainer Grant Dixon quickly turned his attention to New South Wales, particularly the $1million Miracle Mile.
Australasia’s premier sprint, the Garrards-sponsored gem is scheduled to be conducted in Menangle on March 9, with Dixon earmarking the Newcastle Mile on February 23 as Leap To Fame’s gateway into the Miracle Mile.
The $100,000 provincial feature offers a Miracle Mile berth to the winner.
“That was a top run from him and I couldn’t be happier with the way he went,” Dixon said. “I had to click him up in the straight to keep his mind on the job, but he did it quite well.
“He will have a couple of easy days now then it’s up to Newcastle and hopefully the Miracle Mile after that.”