Miracle Mile: the $1m race that stops Macarthur

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The Miracle Mile is harness racing’s version of the Melbourne Cup and it’s held right here in the heart of Macarthur country.

That’s why this Saturday, March 4, all roads lead to Club Menangle, a short drive from the Campbelltown CBD.

Australasia’s richest sprint race, Garrards Miracle Mile is worth a cool $1 million in prizemoney.

 “After a couple of years impacted by flooding and Covid restrictions we are excited to invite Macarthur and South Western Sydney locals to join our harness racing fraternity and experience Australasia’s premier harness race meeting, the Garrards Miracle Mile,’’ says Club Menangle chief executive officer Bruce Christison.

“This is an opportunity for locals to witness world class racing and facilities nestled in the picturesque hills of Macarthur.

“The day offers something for everyone from free entry, live music, pop-up bars and food trucks, to an array of affordable hospitality dining packages.” 

The fashions will also be a feature on Saturday night, as they were last year in this photo by BRETT ATKINS. Top: Spirit of St Louis qualifying for this year’s Miracle Mile.

The running of the Miracle Mile concludes the three-week Carnival of Miracles at Club Menangle.

The 2023 Miracle Mile boasts a great field of elite pacers all chasing the prizemoney on offer.

Team McCarthy, led by training and driving combination of Belinda and Luke McCarthy will be out to make history on Saturday night vying for four consecutive wins in the big one.

But there will be stiff competition for star pacers Expensive Ego and Spirit of St Louis in such an impressive field, including the favourite, Honolua Bay, boom pacer Captain Ravishing and Chariots of Fire winner Catch A Wave.

Also on the race card for tomorrow night at Club Menangle will be the $200,000 Group One Slingsby Holdings NSW Derby Final over 2400m and the Yabby Dam Farms 2023 Yearlings Hammerhead Trotters Mile of $125,000 over 1609m.

Other races include the Ainsworth Australian Light Horse Free For All of $100,000, the $50,000 Shaw & Mason Sapling Stakes for two-year-old pacers and the $25,000 Condell Park Produce Waratah final.

Future stars of the track will also be on show with three divisions in the Mini Miracle Mile. 

Off the track racegoers can expect delicious food trucks, live music, and roving entertainment.

Wiradjuri woman Olivia Fox will perform trackside with a rendition of My Island Home and the Australian national anthem in both Indigenous language and English.

The club will also pay tribute to three times winning Miracle Mile runner King of Swing with the renaming of the Macarthur Pavilion and a special presentation on track.

And win, lose or draw, punters can kick on at the Menangle Country Club official After Party from 10.30pm.

Complimentary return shuttle buses are available from Macarthur train station and hotels in the Campbelltown, Narellan and Camden areas.  Click here to get more details.

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