Victorian trainer Andy Gath wasn’t thinking about the Miracle Mile when he brought stayer Maximan from New Zealand this year, but it is on the agenda after four wins from five starts in his new home.
The son of Armbro Operative will step out for his biggest test in Sunday’s Kilmore Cup, where he is challenging Guaranteed for favouritism, with a Sydney campaign likely to follow.
“When we got him we thought he would be a bit dour and a race like this would be his cup of tea because he is so good off the stand,” Gath said.
“He has found speed since he has been with us and also got some gate speed now, so the Miracle Mile is a race you have to look at, if you have a horse that is strong with speed.
“We will get through Sunday, where he will be competitive, and then we will decide which way we will go.”
Gath admits Maximan is questionable at the top level as he couldn’t match horses like Terror To Love in New Zealand, where he won a couple of country cups.
However, he is hoping the improvement he has made will hold him in good stead and is favouring coming to Sydney to earn his spot in the Miracle Mile rather than staying in Melbourne.
“There is the Legends Mile here in a couple of weeks on the same weekend as the Newcastle Mile but I could win that and go in the 1.40s and it wouldn’t get me in. If I go to Newcastle and win in two minutes I get a run,” Gath said.
“It is the club’s [NSW Harness Racing] race and everyone understands they want to see the horses up there and I’m looking forward to get him to Menangle because I think the big track will suit him.
“If you look at the best milers there like Smoken Up, you have to have speed but you have to stay because it is on from the gate.
“I have no doubt that style of racing is going to suit him.”
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