BARELY giving himself a chance to bask in the glory, master trainer Kevin Pizzuto is already focusing on the task ahead.
Pizzuto captured the Newcastle Mile just moments ago, with the victory a pathway to greater heights.
By securing the Group One Pizzuto’s speedy pacer Majordan has earned the first berth into the famed Miracle Mile.
Australasia’s premier speed test, the $1million Ainsworth-sponsored sprint is scheduled to be run at Club Menangle on March 7.
“We’re in the Miracle Mile,” Pizzuto declared. “It’s great to get this win with him for the stakes, but the ticket into the Miracle Mile is a grand prize.
“He deserves to be in it because he’s got brilliant gate speed and will make a race of it.
“He won’t race again before the Miracle Mile but it’s only two weeks away and he’ll be right.
“I’ll see how he pulls up but I may give him a trial if I think he needs it.
“Having him in the Miracle Mile is good for the owners (Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks) as they put a lot of money into Australian harness racing.”
Driven by Todd McCarthy, Majordan began quickly to find the front from barrier five as the first quarter was covered in 26.9 seconds.
With McCarthy maintaining a solid tempo, the son of Art Major staved off a late challenge from Hail Christian to score by a half-neck, with The Black Prince two metres away third.
Covering the mile in 1:50.7, Majordan shaved two-tenths of a second from Balraj’s track record set last July.
Majordan won the 2018 Newcastle Mile in a record 1:51.4.
“Im very happy with the way he fought them off and got to the line,” Pizzuto said. “Once he found the front he was always going to be hard to get past.
“You can never be too confident in a field like this, but it was hard seeing him being beaten from there.”