David Moran thought he would have to wait another year for Miracle Mile redemption when his superstar Lochinvar Art was injured, but a late call-up to drive Chariot Of Fire winner Expensive Ego has him eying an upset in the $1 million feature at Menangle on Saturday night.
Moran has been staying at Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s training centre as Lochinvar Art battled a leg infection, which eventually saw the Victoria Cup and Hunter Cup winner withdrawn from the Miracle Mile.
“I thought I was done and dusted with this year when I decided to pull pin with him,” Moran admitted. “There aren’t many drives in it, so if you don’t have one of your own you are probably watching it.
“Luke just came down one afternoon and said to me ‘would you drive one of ours?’ I was a little shocked and of course said ‘yes’.”
The McCarthys have a trio of runners in the Miracle Mile, led by $1.40 favourite and defending champion King Of Swing, but needed to find drivers for Alta Orlando and Expensive Ego.
Moran was delighted to get the nod for the $7 second favourite, Expensive Ego which ran a 1.48.9 to win the Chariot Of Fire, where he was posted three-wide for the first 1000 metres.
“It is a great opportunity and even though he only beat four-year-olds that was a pretty good win,” Moran said. “I had a drive of him at home the other day and he is a little lazy there but I know what he can do.
“He has to step up but if the breaks go his way, we know he is fast and tough.”