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Nominations for the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship close at 12pm AEDST on Monday, 8 December 2014. To download the full Terms and Conditions click here To download a nomination form click here For all information about the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship go to the websitehttp://www.interdominionsydney.com.au/ The structure of the 2015 Series remains as per the previous two years however if there are fewer than 14 nominations received for a designated heat then that heat will be deleted and those horses may race in the Supplementary Heat to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As per last year there is no nomination, first acceptance or second acceptance fee applicable. The list of nomination and acceptance dates is as below: ITEM FEE $AUS DATE Nominations $0 12pm – Monday, 8 December 2014 First Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 12 January 2015 Second Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Late Entry Fee $25,000 plus GST 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Qualifying Heat Starters Fee $2,000 GST inclusive N/A Grand Final Starters Fee $10,000 plus GST N/A Should you have any queries please contact Mark Read, HRNSW Senior Handicapper on 1300 712 612 or David Wonson Jnr, NSWHRC Racing Manager on 02 4645 2200. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

As any harness racing driver will tell you, when things are not going your way it seems that there is not much you can do to change things. Whatever calls you make during a race turn out in retrospect to have been the wrong one and sometimes you start to doubt both your horse and yourself. Mention Australia and Terror To Love in the same breath and his long time driver Ricky May knows exactly how those drivers feel. An absolute champion in New Zealand, Terror To Love has failed in the main to reproduce anything like his real form at Menangle prior to the other night and Ricky is sure he knows why. "Prior to the other night in the Miracle Mile, he has always felt uncomfortable on the track and raced accordingly." "The club has done a lot of work on the track in the last year and Terror To Love felt like he does at home on Saturday night, " Ricky told Harnesslink this week. "We should have finished closer as well as I should have gone three rails when I had the chance but I waited and Guarantee beat me for that spot." "To finish where he did after drawing bad and then having to come wide into the straight was a great run and I was rapt with his performance ," Ricky said. This week Terror To Love is off to Cranbourne and once again he has drawn outside of his main rival Christen Me but Ricky hasn't given up on beating his long time adversary. 'If I had drawn two or three I would have been very keen to have a go at the lead as Terror To Love can really leave the gate if you ask him." "Drawn four makes it a bit tougher but the way he went the other night he still has to be a big chance on Saturday night, " Ricky said. All Kiwi racegoers know what a champion Terror To Love is from years of outstanding performances on this side of the Tasman. It would be nice on Saturday night if Australians finally got to see what a great horse Terror To Love is as well as reaffirm Ricky May's faith in one of his favourite horses. Harnesslink Media

Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker  

Miracle Mile winning trainer Cran Dalgety will aim Christen Me at the supplementary heat of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle. After a career defining victory in Saturday night's MIracle Mile, Christen Me will head to Cranbourne this Saturday night before heading home to New Zealand. "Yeah that's the plan at this stage, I'm off home to New Zealand but he will go to Cranbourne and while that race looked to be a good target it sounds like it is going to be a lot harder than we first thought," Dalgety said. "He can go home then and I will get him ready to come back and compete in Victoria's Summer Carnival but after that a trip home to New Zealand to compete in a heat of the Inter Dominion doesn't make sense so he will head to Sydney to compete in a heat." Christen Me continued his love affair with the Menangle track in Saturday night's Miracle Mile after winning the Chariots Of Fire as a four year old on the 1400 metre circuit. "He races well there, after he won the Chariots Of Fire it was always in the back of my mind that we may come back one day to compete in the Miracle Mile." "I must congratulate the team at Menangle, the Retention Barn was very professionally run and all of the horses seemed very happy, I have no problems with the set up at all, I think it is a good thing." Dalgety confirmed Christen Me was flat on Sunday after his sub 1:50 performance. "Yes he was pretty quiet on Sunday morning, but so was I after a big night of celebrating so I can't really blame him for that." "The thing about him now is that he just recovers so well and by Monday morning he had a jog and was feeling on top of the world, he recovers so well now that he has matured." By Greg Hayes  

Nominations for the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship close at 12pm AEDST on Monday, 8 December 2014. To download the full Terms and Conditions click here To download a nomination form click here For all information about the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship go to the websitehttp://www.interdominionsydney.com.au/ The structure of the 2015 Series remains as per the previous two years however if there are fewer than 14 nominations received for a designated heat then that heat will be deleted and those horses may race in the Supplementary Heat to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As per last year there is no nomination, first acceptance or second acceptance fee applicable. The list of nomination and acceptance dates is as below: ITEM FEE $AUS DATE Nominations $0 12pm – Monday, 8 December 2014 First Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 12 January 2015 Second Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Late Entry Fee $25,000 plus GST 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Qualifying Heat Starters Fee $2,000 GST inclusive N/A Grand Final Starters Fee $10,000 plus GST N/A Should you have any queries please contact Mark Read, HRNSW Senior Handicapper on 1300 712 612 or David Wonson Jnr, NSWHRC Racing Manager on 02 4645 2200.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

All harness racing enthusiasts eyes in Australasia were focused on Menangle this weekend especially for the staff at Kentuckiana Lodge in Canterbury. Their stable pin up boy Christen Me was looking to end a mini drought for Kiwi trained horses in the $750,000 Miracle Mile and looked a huge chance after a perfect draw. Cran Dalgety and Dexter Dunn were there in Sydney but on the local front the stable had a handful involved at the Geraldine meeting held at Orari yesterday and the last thing they needed to do was to take their eye off the ball with the boss away. This years $20,000 Mainfreight Geraldine for C4 and faster pacers drew a great field of intermediate grade pacers with a lot of the lower grade stars of Cup week involved. Representing Kentuckiana Lodge was Mighty Flying Mac who was handicapped off 20 metres in the 2850 metres standing start event. Away slowly for reinsman Matthew Williamson, Mighty Flying Mac settled in the last couple early as first Karanga Red Fantasy and then Bio Marinus set the tempo in front. Following the well supported All Star stable runner Meticulous everywhere he went, Mighty Flying Mac was still at the tail of the field with 400 metres to run but still hard on Meticulous's back as they turned for home. Peeling wider as they straightened, Mighty Flying Mac fair flew the last 100 metres to grab Meticulous for a very impressive victory. It was the 10th lifetime win from start 46 and along with 20 placings took his earnings to $144,753. The 5 year son of Mach Three paced the 2850 metres in 3:40.8, a mile rate of 2:04.6 with closing sectionals off the front off the front of 59 and 28.9 which Mighty Flying Mac would have bettered by quite a margin coming from last. It was driver Matthew Williamson's 21st winner for the season and he currently lies fifth on the New Zealand drivers premiership. Matthew knew that he had to bide his time with Mighty Flying Mac during the race. " With the race being run at such a solid clip I knew I had to be patient." " I was itching to go as he was traveling so well but I was following the right horse and being patient was definitely the key to the win," Matthew said Matthew knew Mighty Flying Mac would finish the race off in style. "He went super during Cup Week in very strong fields and the stable was happy with him." "Cran's horses are always ready to run," he said While Mighty Flying Mac is just a notch below the elite level horses, give him a run like he had today and he is a big chance to add to his winning tally in the future. Postscript - High class 3 year old Art Union made it a double for the day for Kentuckiana Lodge when he took out the last at Gerdaldine yesterday and then later in the evening in Sydney Christen Me was at his brilliant best as he beat the best in Australasia in the $750,000 Miracle Mile. Harnesslink Media    

Former Kiwi trotter Flying Isa capped a marvellous night for the Luke and Belinda McCarthy harness racing stable with a stunning win in tonight’s ‘other’ Group One feature, the $50,000 Franco Australian Trotters Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. After mixing his gait slightly at the start, the six-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding was soon taken to the front by McCarthy and from there was allowed to dictate terms from the head of the field. Some experts had suggested Flying Isa might struggle to get the marathon 3009m journey – but they were left with egg on their faces when Flying Isa went for home with 400m to travel and left his rivals wallowing in his wake. Turning for home Flying Isa had kicked about five lengths clear of his main rival, the favourite Our Overanova and the star trotter proceeded to leave the rest of them in his dust as he cleared out to win by an ever-widening gap of 24 metres in a 2:05.2 mile rate and an overall time of 3:54.2 for the marathon journey. Theresa Park trainer Graeme Hartman received a mighty thrill when his only two trotters Idle Lea (Todd McCarthy) and Alta Rihannah (Glenn McElhinney) filled the placings. Amazingly Sydney’s most powerful stable, the McCarthy team from Cobbitty had just 30 starters for three winners since September until their big guns fronted up for tonight’s dominant performance which saw them prepare four winners, Courage To Rule, Our Hi Jinx, Bling It On with Flying Isa capping off a remarkable night’s harness racing. Indeed their only disappointment was For A Reason’s effort finishing unplaced behind Christen Me in the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. After the race Luke commented that For A Reason didn’t feel on his game tonight and next year instead of taking the horse to Queensland, where he did win the Queensland Pacing Championship, they might look at setting For A Reason solely for the Miracle Mile. “We’ll wait and look at our options,” he said.  

A skeletal scinitgraphy bone scan test has revealed some general joint issues could be affecting last season’s Trotter of the Year, Master Lavros. Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones sent the giant Sundon gelding to Matamata to undergo the scinitraphy test after Master Lavros mixed his gait in his early racing this season. The test, which results in the production of two-dimensional images after the internal administration of a radiopharmaceutical dye imaging agent, found signs of general wear and tear in his front joints and stifles. “The report said to just carry on with him,” Mark said. “So we will treat him with irap, then swim him for a few weeks and carry on as it’s a thing that has to be managed and a long spell won’t fix.” “I would love to get back to the Glenferrie Challenge with him,” he said. The Glenferrie Farm Challenge is a $A200,000 Group One trot staged at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, New South Wales, on March 1. Mark was hugely disappointed Master Lavros broke stride at the start of this year’s Glenferrie Challenge over 1609m, after trialling boldly in the lead-up. Master Lavros returned to New Zealand, regaining his best in the NZ Trotting Championship and Cannam Rowe Cup, before being spelled. Mark is keen to show Australia trot fans what Master Lavros can do when he’s in form. Master Lavros, only six, has raced 36 times for 15 wins, earning $358,646 in stakes for owner Kypros Kotzikas. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing Stables - Check site here

Does the mobile go faster in the Miracle Mile than it does for other harness racing events at Tabcorp Park Menangle?  Harness Racing New South Wales chairman of stewards Reid Sanders has declared there will be no direction for the mobile to go faster than it has during the previous fortnight for the Coca-Cola and Cordina Sprints. “There is no intention to drive the mobile any faster than the normal,” Sander said. “Starter Todd Clarke will be instructed to have the mobile at a similar speed to the two lead up races.” That statement has pleased trainer Shane Tritton who believes Suave Stuey Lombo will be suited by those conditions. Tritton also has Easy On The Eye engaged in the Grand Circuit event. “I had Mach Beauty in the Miracle Mile last year, he drew three, and despite being such a fast beginner, he had no hope of crossing For A Reason and Smoken Up drawn inside him because they were all going at top speed to stay with the mobile,” Tritton declared. “He had no chance to accelerate like he normally would have. “Despite drawing gate seven in this year’s Miracle Mile, Suave Stuey Lombo should be able to do his usual thing and fire out from the barrier and take up a good position. “I envisage Easy On The Eye leading, with Stuey outside him, and that would be perfect.” Tritton will instruct drivers Lauren Panella behind Suave Stuey Lombo and David Morris, who will partner Easy On The Eye, to keep the speed on in an attempt to unsettle their rivals. “Beautide is the best horse in the race, and if the winning time is slower than 1:50.5, he will win,” Tritton said. “He will be too classy for every other runner. “He has proved it before, so we need to take him out of his comfort zone and set up a fast tempo and force him to chase. “People are forgetting Suave Stuey Lombo has sat in the ‘death seat’ at Menangle and broken 1:50 for the mile, so that will be the plan again.” GREG HAYES

 Forgotten New Zealand pacer Easy On The Eye all of a sudden holds the key to the A$750,000 Miracle Mile. And as tends to be the case with Sydney’s most famous pacing race, the war of words has begun early ahead of Saturday’s monster clash. Christen Me and Terror To Love will represent New Zealand in the Mile, with the former having been heavily backed in Australia since markets opened on Sunday. But it is Easy On The Eye who has emerged as a key player in how the Menangle dash for cash will play out. The former Steven Reid-trained pacer, good enough to finish second in the New Zealand Free-For-All last season, was purchased just two months ago by clients of leading NSW trainer Shane Tritton, who has a remarkable record with improving horses. He won a minor race at Newcastle two starts ago and then led before going down to Mile favourite Beautide and Guaranteed last start. That was deemed good enough to earn him a Mile and now he has drawn barrier one, Tritton is declaring he will lead Saturday’s race. “He is super-fast off the gate and if he leads we won’t be handing up,” says Tritton. “I know Avonnova next to us is a fast beginner but we will hold him and I am 95 per cent sure he will be in front.” While it is still hard to see Easy On The Eye beating the likes of Beautide and Christen Me, his mere presence in the race makes life harder for free-legged pacer Avonnova, who would have loved to have led. But more important will be how things pan out for Easy On The Eye’s stablemate Suave Stuey Lombo. He has paced three of the fastest four miles at Menangle in the last year and if he ran to the front on Saturday night he would take a world of catching. So is Tritton bluffing, hoping to hold the lead with Easy On The Eye only to hand it over to Suave Stuey Lombo as soon as he can? Impossible to tell. But any suspicion of that will have rival drivers worried in what could become a very expensive game of cat and mouse. What does look assured is a very fast early section of the race which could easily set up the first sub 1:50 Miracle Mile and that would help the New Zealand pair. Terror To Love is likely to have to come from last so is deservedly $26 in Australia and even $18 in New Zealand, remarkable odds for a horse who was $2.50 to win the New Zealand Cup just 15 days ago. But Christen Me has been backed in from $5 to $4.50 since the draw came out and he is one of the few New Zealand-trained pacers who actually seems to race better at Menangle. With the prospect of speed up front, a good draw and his record on the track, he has emerged as Beautide’s biggest danger and a good chance to give New Zealand our first Miracle Mile since Monkey King in 2009 and only the second in 14 years. Courtesy Of Michael Guerin - Harness Racing New Zealand

This weekends $750,000 Miracle Mile is one of the most sought after races on the Australasian harness racing calendar and as you would expect with a race of that statue it has drawn an outstanding field. Most Australians would tell you that the race is all but over before it starts with Beautide nigh on unbeatable from barrier three. Australian and New Zealand bookmakers have responded to the draw of three for Beautide by making him a $1:80 favourite with Christen Me varying from $4:50 - $4:80. We don't think that is an accurate reflection of where the two horses are because we don't think that there is anything between the two superstars.  Last year from barrier five Christen Me worked to the death and was a sitting duck for Beautide who raced three back on the inner. His run was every bit as good as the winner and Christen Me went on to be crowned Grand Circuit champion via his Hunter Cup win after again sitting parked. Christen Me only met Beautide once outside the Miracle Mile and that was in the Victorian Cup where he beat him home after settling behind him in the running and still being behind him at the quarter pole. Last year Christen Me was coming into the Miracle Mile off a disappointing run in the New Zealand Cup where he ran third after a soft run and a wild gallop in the NZFFA. This year Christen Me put in an outstanding run in the New Zealand Cup after missing away from a stand and then dealt to the opposition in the NZFFA. In cold and windy conditions, Christen Me ran the 1950 metres in 2:18.4, a mile rate of 1:54.1 with closing sectionals of 54.9 and 27.4 which was just outside the New Zealand record set by Auckland Reactor in perfect conditions.  So Christen Me goes into the Miracle Mile right in the zone on a track where he has had three runs over a mile for two wins and a second. For Dalgety the draw could not have been too much better with Christen Me drawing directly outside Beautide. "We would just love to get to the two out line and let them do their stuff." "Sure we'd love to lead but even though it is only a mile it is going to be a stamina test so you end up  being a sitting duck when you are top ending in that calibre of field," Cran said. Christen Me flew into Sydney last Friday without any problems but Cran thought the current heatwave may be a slight concern. " Murray Howard took him across and we are stabled with Blake Fitzpatrick" "Christen Me is in super shape although the 42 degrees is a bit hot," Cran said Cran has been adament all season that Christen Me is a lot better horse with that initial season on the Grand Circuit under his belt and that he has come back bigger and better. Everything points to Christen Me giving Beautide one hell of a race on Saturday night. We think he is a real chance to upstage Beautide and those odds are just way to tempting. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing superstar Beautide is has been installed an odds-on favourite to retain his Miracle Mile crown at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. With the draw for the SEW-Eurodrive sponsored event conducted just moments ago, TAB responded by cutting Beautide’s price to $1.75. Earlier this week the James Rattray-trained gelding was $2.60 on Fixed Odds markets. Drawn well in barrier three, Beautide is aiming to become just the seventh Miracle Mile winner to successfully defend his crown since the Group One’s inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny (’05-’06) and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. New Zealand star Christen Me is the second elect at $5 after receiving barrier four. A member of the Cran Dalgety stable, Christen Me was runner-up behind Beautide in last year’s edition of the Grand Circuit event. Christen Me is by 1998 Miracle Mile champion Christian Cullen, with no winner of the prestigious sprint producing a subsequent winner. On the opposite end of the scale, fellow Kiwi pacer, Terror To Love, is the rank outsider at $21 after drawing gate 10. The son of Western Terror slots into eight with the removal of the emergencies. Miracle Mile field in barrier order and TAB Fixed Odds: Easy On The Eye  $16 Avonova    $12 Beautide    $1.75 Christen Me    $5 For A Reason    $6.5 Chariot King   (2nd emerg) Guaranteed    $7.5 Suave Stuey Lombo    $12 Bettor Bet Black    (Emerg) Terror To Love    $21 PAUL COURTS

The field for harness racing’s ultimate speed test, next week’s Miracle Mile, has been announced. Selectors finalised the line-up last night following the Cordina Sprint, which was taken out in easy fashion Suave Stuey Lombo. Thanks to his victory in the Group One, Suave Stuey Lombo gained automatic entry into the Grand Circuit event on November 29. With two positions remaining, directors at Menangle issued invites to boom Victorian, Guaranteed, and local pacer Easy On The Eye. Guaranteed and Easy On The Eye filled the placings behind defending Miracle Mile champion, Beautide, in last week’s Coca-Cola Sprint, which was won in 1:50.4. Easy On The Eye is a Shane Tritton-trained stablemate of Suave Stuey Lombo, which stopped the clock in 1:52. The trio join Avonnova, Beautide, Christen Me, For A Reason and Terror To Love in the time-honoured event. Beautide is aiming to become just the seventh Miracle Mile winner to successfully defend his crown since the feature’s inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny (’05-’06) and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. TAB has released a Fixed Odds Market, with Beautide the pre-draw favourite at $2.40, with Christen Me the second elect at $4.50. Christen Me was runner-up behind Beautide in last year’s edition of the Miracle Mile. PAUL COURTS

Noted speedster Suave Stuey Lombo has sealed his position in harness racing’s premier sprint – SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. The Shane Tritton-trained gelding joined Avonnova, Beautide, Christen Me, For A Reason and Terror To Love in the elite field with his victory in tonight’s Cordina Sprint at Menangle – home of the Miracle Mile. Selectors will announce the balance of the line-up for the November 29 showdown after assessing each contender’s prospects. As for Suave Stuey Lombo, he worked his way into the Grand Circuit event with a stylish display by leading throughout from barrier eight. Driven aggressively by Lauren Panella, Suave Stuey Lombo was pushed forward to wrestle the lead from Bettor Bet Black, which found the front from gate seven. Given a ‘breather’ during the middle stages, the son of Bettors Delight was never seriously challenged as he dashed to a soft win from Bettor Bet Black and Mark Dennis. “After he got to the front he did it pretty easily,” Tritton said. “It was a good blowout for next week’s main event.” With the final 800 metres run in a slick 54.8 seconds, Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:52. Boasting three of the four fastest race miles during the past six months, Suave Stuey Lombo is ready to run a personal best in the Miracle Mile according to Tritton. Last September Suave Stuey Lombo trialled in an astonishing 1:49.2, with his time the second fastest recorded in Australasia and the second occasion the seven-year-old has broken the magical 1:50 mark. Dual Miracle Mile winner, Smoken Up, became the first standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to better 1:50 when he captured the 2011 Len Smith Mile at Menangle. The son of Tinted Cloud set the benchmark with a brilliant 1:48.5 for trainer-driver, Lance Justice. Comeback pacer For A Reason stopped the clock at 1:49.4 last November, before Smoken Up did it again with his 1:49.9 three weeks later. Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:49.6 last June. “He is in perfect condition and will be primed and ready for next week,” Tritton declared. “I’m tipping which ever horse wins the Miracle Mile they will have to better 1:50. “It won’t be a surprise is Smoken Up’s record is broken.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing fans worldwide can watch the Miracle Mile barrier draw as it unfolds on Sunday. With the remainder of the invitations to the Grand Circuit event expected to be extended on Saturday night, the draw will be conducted during the popular luncheon at Tabcorp Park Menangle the following afternoon. Officials have announced the draw will be streamed via the Trots TV section of harnessmediacentre.com.au as of 12:15. As it stands, three positions are still up for grabs with the winner of Saturday night’s Cordina Sprint guaranteed a position in the elite field. Defending champion Beautide was the first invited and will be joined in the November 29 showdown by Avonnova, For A Reason, Terror To Love and Christen Me. PAUL COURTS

A year ago owner Zac Cornell was less than two metres away from winning the Cordina Sprint when his talented harness racing performer Mach Beauty was defeated by dual Miracle Mile winner Smoken Up. Come Saturday night, Cornell and his partners Adrian Bau and Brian Dohnt will be hoping another of their horses, Suave Stuey Lombo, can go one better this year’s edition of the Group One at Menangle. Victory will also ensure Suave Stuey Lombo earns a berth in the Miracle Mile the following week. “Mach Beauty went so close last year and we were all so proud of him, but it would be great to win the Cordina Sprint this year with Suave Stuey Lombo,” Cornell said. “There has been a lot of talk about the Miracle Mile the following week, but as far as I am concerned the horse has to perform this week first. “If he can get the job done this week then he will deserve his spot in the Miracle Mile the following week.” Suave Stuey Lombo was unplaced behind Avonnova in the Newcastle Mile a fortnight ago but Cornell is looking forward to seeing the son of Bettors Delight back at his favourite track - Tabcorp Park Menangle. “Yeah after the Newcastle Mile we thought Suave Stuey Lombo might be better suited on the bigger track at Menangle, we were a little bit disappointed after the race, not with the horse or his performance because he couldn’t have done anymore, it was more the result,” Cornell declared. “Shane (Tritton, trainer) is happy with how he has recovered since the run. He has drawn a little bit wide this week in the Cordina, but everyone knows his racing pattern now and Lauren (Panella, driver) will be pressing forward in an attempt to lead.” Cornell is looking forward to Mach Beauty’s return, with the Victoria and Hunter Cups high on the agenda. “That’s the plan with Mach Beauty, but he was carrying a lot of weight when he returned to Shane’s, so he may not be ready,” Cornell explained. “If he isn’t then he will be aimed at the Inter Dominion again.” GREG HAYES

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