King Of Swing races into history with third Miracle

King Of Swing stands alone as the best miler seen in Australia after winning a third Miracle Mile at Menangle last night, leaving legends like Village Kid, Westburn Grant, Chokin and Smoken Up in his shadow.

It is a massive shadow that will not get a chance to grow given his owners are retiring the seven-year-old to stud with more than $3million in prizemoney in a moment reminiscent of Makybe Diva following her third Melbourne Cup.

King Of Swing holds off the challengers after being forced to work early in the Miracle Mile on Saturday.

King Of Swing holds off the challengers after being forced to work early in the Miracle Mile on Saturday.

King Of Swing won the Breeders Crown at two and a WA Derby winner at three but was at his best at Menangle, where he won all 11 mile starts after moving to Sydney just over two years ago. But it will be the unprecedented three Miracle Miles that makes him a legend.

“Winx won nine from nine at the Randwick mile and they named a grandstand after her and gave her statue. He has won 11 miles here, so bring on the statue and grandstand,” part-owner Mick Harvey said.

“This is the biggest race in the country, and we looked at going on but he has nothing left to prove and it seems the perfect time to finish this journey. He can go and be a stallion.
“You are never going to see another horse like him.”

King Of Swing ran a one minute and 49.2 mile – not his quickest, but it may well be one of his toughest wins as he was made to earn his third win in Australia’s richest race.

In the end King Of Swing ($1.65) scored by 1 metres from stablemate Spirit Of St Louis ($3.70) with Chariots Of Fire winner Better Eclipse ($51) finding the line 2 metres away in third. That was the final picture but the story of race was the first 400 metres.

Driver Luke McCarthy had talked tough during the lead-up that he wasn’t going to be crossed from gate one, but by the winning post the first time Mach Dan had cleared him.

McCarthy popped off his back and ran a flying first quarter of 25.6 seconds to regain the front and the pegs but was still under fire from Bondi Lockdown. They went 29-flat in the second quarter and then a 28.4 third section, and, when McCarthy released the breaks and went for home at the top of the long Menangle straight, King Of Swing wasn’t going to be beaten.

“I know I talked it up during the week, but I always had it in the back of my mind he could get crossed, but it wasn’t over then,” McCarthy said. “That is how tough he is. He can do that and then have something left at the end. Look at the ones around me – where did they finish? That’s why he is a champion and deserves this.”

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