HEAT 8 TAB INTER DOMINION CHAMPIONSHIP
MIGHTY champion King Of Swing is already assured of being hailed one of our great pacers in the years to come.
Still the six-year-old stallion had Newcastle locals shaking their heads in awe after breaking a track record that stood for about 40 minutes as he rated 1:51.4 to wallop a class field in heat eight.
Gun reinsman Luke McCarthy joke that was half-pie trying to slow the great horse down, so keen was he to put his rivals away.
He cruised to a four-metre metre win over polemarker Balraj (Jack Trainor), with Triple Eight (Greg Sugars) a fast-finishing third, just ahead of local hope The Black Prince (Rob Morris).
With three wins from three heats, rivals would have been scratching their heads trying to figure out ways to beat the McCarthy stable star and McCarthy is rapt with his efforts, so far.
“He couldn’t blow a candle out, we can’t wait for the final,” said McCarthy.
“Maybe I should have gone a bit slower.
“He’s just an amazing horse, to go out and put this time on the board . . . he really didn’t feel like he was going that quickly.
“This horse just trains himself. He’s such a pleasure to have around; he doesn’t need a lot of work.”
So keen was the King to pout his rivals away, that he strolled to the front, taking over from Balraj, ran a 57 second opening half of his last mile (28.6s and 28.4s splits) then McCarthy out the foot down and ripped off a 27.1 third quarter, before romping home in 27.2 to break the track record that Bundoran had set in the first round of heats that night.
“He had an easy few weeks leading in this series and now he’s just ready for the 3000m final,” said Luke who’ll be chasing his first Inter Dominion Grand Final win at Tabcorp Park Menangle next weekend.