“He came over to Sydney because he just wasn’t going well in Perth. I don’t know what it was, but it may have been as simple as he might not have liked racing on the small track at Gloucester Park.
“As soon as I got behind him he gave me the feel of a good horse on the big track. He is racing without any gear over here and he has just kept improving.”
The five-year-old showed the toughness of a class stayer to win the Hunter Cup last month, while he also had the speed to run a 1.48.7 mile at only his second start at Menangle.
He was catapulted into favouritism for the Miracle Mile by winning one of the qualifiers last week from the front, running home in 52.9 seconds for his last half-mile. That win combined with drawing gate four promoted bookmakers to make King Of Swing the $3.25 favourite.
“The good thing for me going into the Miracle Mile is I know he can run the time. He ran that 1.48 with a bit in hand,” McCarthy said.
“He got crossed that day and I drove him with a sit, so nothing will be new to him on Saturday night, we don’t have to lead.
“I will look to use the draw but if there is something that is determine to lead I will be happy to follow them because I know he can sprint at the end of a really fast mile.”
If King Of Swing can complete the Hunter Cup-Miracle Mile double he will be only the seventh horse to win both races, joining greats like Pure Steel, Popular Alm and Village Kid. It is a long way from his struggles in Perth.
While King Of Swing is the comeback story of the Miracle Mile, Lochinvar Art, the second pick in betting at $5, is the emerging star of the sport after taking care of the four-year-olds in the group 1 Bonanza and Chariots Of Fire lead-ups.
The draw, however, has worked against him as he will start from gate nine, which has never produced a Miracle Mile winner.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald