Miracle Mile hero King Of Swing will be aimed specifically at creating history next year

King Of Swing’s Miracle Mile journey is far from over.

In the moments after successfully defended his crown in the $1 million sprint on Saturday night, co-trainer and driver Luke McCarthy talked of trying to create history.

Much of King Of Swing’s next 12 months will be focused on trying to become the first three-time Miracle Mile winner.

The six-year-old became the seventh back-to-back winner of the race – and the first since Smoken Up in 2010-11 – when he again dominated from the front and won as he liked in a relatively comfortable 1min 49.2sec mile.

“He’s not overly raced, we’ve really come to understand him well, he’s sound and I’d like to think he can race at this level for another couple of years yet if we look after him,” McCarthy said.

“There’s lots of big races for him, but it would be special to try and come back and win it again next year.”

King Of Swing’s win continued the remarkable success story of his move from WA to NSW where he’s raced 18 times for Cobbity Farms – first with Craig Cross training and now Belinda McCarthy – for 14 wins, three seconds and a third.

He’s earned almost $2 million since switching states.

“We loved him from the day he arrived, but he’s kept improving as we’ve got to know him better,” McCarthy said.

“He’d didn’t like the small track in Perth (Gloucester Park) and had lost his confidence. He’s loves this big track and the swimming we do with him and the water walker … it’s all come together to get the very best out of him again.”

King Of Swing will have a short break now before being set for a defence of his Group 1 Blacks A Fake title in Queensland in July.

“He’s got Queensland and then we’ll aim towards the Victoria Cup (October, Melton) and the Inter Dominion (Sydney, November/December),” McCarthy said.

Young star Expensive Ego gave Belinda McCarthy the Miracle Mile quinella with a mighty run after making a midrace move to sit outside King Of Swing.

“He went huge. He’s come so far, so quickly,” Luke McCarthy said. “He’ll go to Queensland with King Of Swing, but he’s been invited to their new race, the Rising Sun, and that’ll be his main target.”

King Of Swing’s part-owner Mark Congerton was thrilled with snaring another Miracle Mile, but echoed the thoughts of all harness fans after the race.

“The one disappointment is that Lochinvar Art wasn’t in the race. Sure we’ll happily take this, but we want to race him as often as we can. The sport needs the rivalry, needs them locking horns whenever possible.”

The next clash may come in Queensland with Lochinvar Art’s trainer-driver David Moran saying the Blacks A Fake was a logical target.

“I just need to get him over this hoof issue and fit and well again and we’ll definitely give Queensland a crack,” he said.

Originally published asMiracle Mile King to be aimed at history

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