Monkey King Wins SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile

Monkey King Wins SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile

Last Sunday Tabcorp Park in Menangle hosted a massive night of racing, the feature of which was race seven, the $500 000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile where New Zealand pacer Monkey King claimed victory.

The Brendan Hill-trained Monkey King along with second placegetter Smoken Up ran a New Zealand quinella in Australasia’s premier harness racing event.

Seven-year-old Monkey King ($4.90) driven by Ricky May defeated the $4.10 favourite Smoken Up and Lance Justice by just a neck with Karloo Mick ($13.50) 2.3m back to finish a gallant third.

The victory was a rare and impressive achievement for the son of Sands A Flyin, as it came on the back of his wins in the New Zealand Cup and New Zealand FFA. And it was the second Miracle Mile win for May, having seen success with Iraklis back in 1996.

The black gelding held on to win by a slim margin after Lonestar Legend, Kiwi Ingenuity and Smoken Up all fought hard challenging the lead. But it was Monkey King who pulled out a sensational burst of acceleration on the straight in the third quarter and proved too strong for his rivals in the end.

Monkey King clocked a record-breaking 1:50.8 shattering Smoken Up’s previous mile record of 1:51.9.

It was the first time in the Miracle Mile’s 32-year history that the race was not run at Harold Park Raceway.

2009 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile Results:

Placing

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
MONKEY KING (NZ)
$300 000 Fr4 B R Hill R T May
2
SMOKEN UP (NZ)
$75 000 Fr3 L J Justice L J Justice NK
3
KARLOO MICK
$50 000 Fr5 B J Lew G W Bennett 2.30
4
KIWI INGENUITY (NZ)
$25 000 Fr2 R D Holmes R D Holmes 3.60
5
MELPARK MAJOR
$20 000 Fr6 A R Tubbs A E Tubbgs 5.30
6
AUCKLAND REACTOR (NZ)
$10 000 Fr7 M Purdon A G Herlihy 8.20
7
BLACKS A FAKE
$10 000 Fr8 N C Rasmussen N C Rasmussen 18.00
8
LONESTAR LEGEND (USA)
$10 000 Fr1 P R J Fitzpatrick B P Fitzpatrick 18.10

Tabcorp racecourse was also host to an incredible eight other feature harness events. Below is a list of all the exciting races held at Menangle on Sunday along with the top three finishing horses.

Tabcorp Menangle Race Results Sunday November 29:

Race #

Race Name

Stakes

Distance

Winner

Runner-up

Third

1 Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles Trotters Stakes $15 000 2300m CILLAS EARL THE WINDSURFER SOLAR ACTIVE
2 Chokin Championship Final $20 000 1609m FOR A REASON TWO EYE SEE IM A HAPPY GIRL
3 Mount Eden Championship Final $20 000 2300m JUKEBOX MUSIC DON FRANCO PRESIDENTIAL LANE
4 Divisive Championship Final $20 000 2300m ARTIFACTOR MAUDIE SLIPPERY NEMO
5 Bohemia Crystal Free For All $50 000 2300m WESTERN CAM SAUCY LEGEND BE GOOD JOHNNY
6 Iraklis Championship Final $20 000 2300m SAINT WILLIAM DOUGS PLACE SLICK BROMAC
7 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile $500 000 1609m MONKEY KING SMOKEN UP KARLOO MICK
8 SEW Eurodrive Driving the Future Pace $15 000 1609m HOLY CAMP BOY VIRAGE COMET PRINCE
9 Tabcorp Park Menangle Pace $15 000 1609m KID COURAGEOUS ITSOKAYTOBEFAKE VINNIES FALCON