IT may be Luke McCarthy, it may be West Australian ace Gary Hall junior.
Even champion Kiwi reinsman Dexter Dunn, now driving in the US, is not out of contention to drive the favourite King Of Swing at Club Menangle in Saturday night’s $1million Ainsworth Miracle Mile.
McCarthy maintains that if his little brother Todd wants to drive Alta Orlando, then he’d be happy to step aside and give him the drive on the Craig Cross-trained winner of last night’s Schweppes Sprint.
That would obviously free up McCarthy to drive the other sprint winner King Of Swing, which could hardly have been more impressive with his win in the $100,000 Allied Express Sprint.
Yet McCarthy maintains the race is not a done deal, despite King Of Swing drawing ideally in gate four for Saturday’s big feature.
He should come into gate three with the removal of the emergency, Sicario, which gives whom ever drives the in-form former West Australian pacer plenty of options.
“Lochinvar Art, who drew gate nine, could not have been more impressive winning the Chariots Of Fire last week. He’s a great horse in top form,” McCarthy said.
“Alta Orlando can come off the pace or race handy. Actually they are all really good horses in good form – and I’m sure they will go well. I think it’s a terrific field.
“We’ll work out who is driving which horse in the next day or two.”
McCarthy says both the Cross runners were as fit as they could be and would face a fairly easy week.
“They’re in the water walkers for the next two days and will do a bit more work later in the week,” McCarthy said.
“Unlike in the United States where they are going quick miles all the time, they don’t seem to need that here.”
Naturally McCarthy is excited about his prospects next weekend: “It’s amazing to get one into a Miracle Mile, let alone two.
“Just being part of this race and the carnival itself is pretty special.
“We hope for good weather and I’m sure they’ll run a good time on the night.”
King Of Swing has shown stunning gate speed at his recent starts and the former West Australian has thrived since linking with the Cross stable and looks likely to chase an all-the-way win.
Former Miracle Mile champion My Field Marshall and his trainer Tim Butt will also be feeling on top of the world after the 2018 winner draw gate two, giving his reinsman Anthony Butt plenty of options and likely to take a trail after he attempted to lead all the way and was edged out by Alta Orlando in the Schweppes Sprint.
The final field, in barrier order is:
- A Gs WHITE SOCKS 6. BETTORS HEART
- MY FIELD MARSHAL 7. THE BLACK PRINCE (1ST em)
- SICARIO (2ND em) 8. ALTA ORLANDO
- KING OF SWING 9. LOCHINVAR ART
- CODE BAILEY 10. MAJORDAN