Narrabri will feature harness racing again this Sunday with their big Carnival of Cups meeting presenting an eight race program.
Rubbers Dilemma from the Tony Missen stables will make a return in the opening event after the filly scored her first career win last week at Narrabri from six race starts. The win surprised Missen who trains the Blissful Hall filly – and races her along with Alan Tinden, Tamworth HRC Board member Greg McDonell and Bob Peterson – as the filly had only been in the stables for two weeks.
Reinsman Richard Williams is down to take the follow up drive but may be swaying a little after spending the week on a cruise ship.
The $10,200 Carnival of Cups by Santos Pace will be the feature of the day and has attracted three last start winners in Guts, Rocknroll Annie and Hero Bromac.
The 50th running of the Miracle Mile proved to be as spectacular as Club Menangle had promised last Saturday night. After finishing second to the Mark Purdon-trained Have Faith In Me by a short half head in last year’s running, Lennytheshark dug deep and turned the tables this year. The David Aiken trained Lennytheshark had a short half head win over the Mark Purdon-trained Smolda in the 1609 metre event with a mile rate of 1.49.2. Race favourite Lazarus finished another 2 metres away third. Mark Purdon trains both Smolda and Lazarus as well as Our Waikki Beach who finished fourth.
Lazarus was the race favourite while Lennytheshark paid a handy $5.50 for the win. With the big $750,000 Group 1 and Grand Circuit event owners would have been happy – Lennytheshark won $450,000 in prizemoney, Smolda $112,500 and Lazarus $75,000. Even the horse who finished last – Salty Robyn gained $15,000.
Bendemeer trainer Len Clement set off on a journey over a year ago to complete a “bucket list” of driving on every track in NSW – including Menangle.
Well that journey is over but the Clements – Len and his wife Christine- are on another journey and are spending time in Broken Hill helping out around the Paceway. Len still has a team in work and trained a winner at Broken Hill last Saturday night with Conrod Kenzie driven by RJ Wayman.
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