What a super performance by Miracle to Me (below) at headquarters on Saturday.
Still last at the 400m coming down the famous Flemington straight, the Bel Esprit 3YO had some pretty good horses in front of her: stakes winners Metastasio and Casquets, Group One winner Ruud Awakening …
But Miracle to Me just kept grinding away and while it’s the longest straight in the world when you’re on the leader, it looked as if the filly wasn’t going to make it 50m from home. Needless to say they were probably lining up to buy jockey Chris Symons a drink on Saturday night and trainer John McArdle no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when his Group One Thousand Guineas hope got up by the barest of margins.
Despite coming off a barnstorming win at Sandown at her previous outing, Miracle to Me wasn’t rated against that opposition and was sent out a $26 pop – the 9th line of betting in a 13 horse field.
Based on Saturday’s score, you might not get those odds again for a while.
Bred and subsequently sold by Cathy Hains’ Burnewang North Pastoral, the vendor wisely decided to retain a share in the filly who is out of the winning Fuji Kiseki mare, Miracletto, closely related to multiple Flemington stakes winner, Skyrocket.