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Wash out forces King Of Swing to wait a week for shot at Miracle Mile history

The Miracle Mile just seems to attract drama and controversy.

The 54-year history of the race is littered with controversial field selections, stunning late scratchings and dramatic finishes.

You can now add a “washout.”

Champion pacer King Of Swing‘s quest for history to become the first three-time winner has to wait another week after Club Menangle officials and stewards had no option but to postpone the race last night.

It will now be run next Saturday night.

A freak and sustained storm hit the track with real ferocity at 9pm, just 40 minutes before the Miracle Mile was scheduled to be run.

Drivers in the Group 1 Ainsworth free-for-all won by Zeuss Bromac just after 9pm described the conditions as the worst they have driven in.

“I’ve never seen anything like the sheer volume of rain. When I crossed the line, I put my arms down and water just came gushing out of the sleeves of my driving suit,” said Jack Trainor who drove runner-up Stylish Memphis.

Desperate officials initially pushed the race back to 10.13pm, hoping the rain would subside.

But when it was still pouring at 10pm, the decision to postpone was made.

“We really had no choice. We just haven’t been able to get on to the track to try and get it right for racing,” Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson said.

“It’s not just the rain, but the time we’d need to work on the track once it stopped.

“It’s an extraordinary situation and one out of our control.

“We have postponed the race by a week so it can be run next Saturday night.”

King Of Swing’s driver Luke McCarthy said although the delay was not ideal, it wouldn’t impact the champion’s chances.

“We just go back home and spend the next week getting ready for it again,” he said. “It didn’t look good when the rain hit as heavily as it did and just kept coming down.

“It wouldn’t have been a great spectacle even if they’d been able to run it.

“It’s a shame after the big build-up we’ve had. You just hope we can recapture that again for next week.”

King Of Swing winning the AG Hunter Cup. Supplied
Camera IconKing Of Swing winning the AG Hunter Cup. Supplied Credit: Supplied

Victorian trainer-driver Aaron Dunn was one person largely happy with the postponement.

“I’ll happily take the extra week. It will only help my horse,” he said.

“It’s no secret the tough run he had (second) in the Chariots Of Fire knocked him around a bit. We needed every bit of the two weeks in between to get him back and this extra week should only be a big plus for him.”

Under the rules of the race, the field and barrier draw will remain the same for next Saturday.

Any pre-post bets placed before last Monday’s barrier draw will stand, but those placed since the draw will be refunded.

* Adam Hamilton is a paid contributor writing on harness racing for News Corp.

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