Former gun youngster For A Reason became Australasia’s second ever fastest miler when thrashing his opposition in a time of 1:50.0 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday.
The seven-year-old son of Art Major, who missed his five and six -year- old seasons through injury, sat back of the hot tempo which was set by Mach Beauty and Excel Stride who went to war up front, before unleashing a devastating sprint to career away for an emphatic 20 metre win.
Mister Presley who also sat back off the pace kept coming to finish second, while the favourite pair of Mach Beauty and Excel Stride knocked up to finish third and fourth respectively.
John McCarthy who was having his first raceday drive on the Belinda McCarthy trained speedster was understandably impressed with what he felt.
“He travelled beautifully the whole way,” said McCarthy. “He probably could have gone even quicker if he was challenged. I never really even flicked him up,” he added.
For A Reason stood at Yirribee Stud while he was under injury, where he served around 40 mares. However, something tells me when he does return to stud duty next time around, he may get a few more. That’s if Saturday’s win is any sort of guide to the future anyway.
“He starting running around Yirribee as sound as a bell, with no sign of his previous injury, so Belinda, Luke and the owners decided to give him another go. I’m certainly glad that they did.
McCarthy was very confident going into Saturday’s race, despite the $7 dividend.
“I thought the writing was all on the wall after last week, where he came home in 25.7 to finish second.”
McCarthy said that although For A Reason may be better when driven with a sit, he is confident he could have run a similar time from out in front.
“He is a pretty versatile horse. The really isn’t much he can’t do,” stimulated McCarthy.
The $750,000 Miracle Mile on November 30 is For A Reason’s main target, which could result in an epic clash with superstar kiwi pacer Christen Me.
“It should be a great race and I would be really surprised if they don’t easily break 1-50.0 this year.”
McCarthy said he is unsure if he will retain the drive on For A Reason.
“It will all depend on what Luke wants to drive and nothing will probably be seat in concrete until after the heats.
”He has Excel Stride, Ideal Scott and a couple of others targeting the race, so there is plenty to choose from.”
John McCarthy may also have his own stable representative in the race in Terrorway, who returns to the trials tomorrow.
“I’ll just see how he comes up. A few of the others are a bit more forward than he is at this stage. I’d say he has about a 50-50 chance of running in the heats.”
Australasia’s fastest ever miler is Smoken Up, who recorded a scintillating 1-48.5 when winning the 2011 Len Smith Mile.
“I think Excel Stride is the third quickest. He ran 1-50.3 when I drove him to win the Golden Mile earlier in the year,” McCarthy concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson