Menangle’s mile of miraculous Terror

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    Officials at Harness Racing NSW have handed out a deserved Miracle Mile invitation to Terror To Love, after a stunning performance in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Monday.

    In light of his third successive crown over the two-mile journey, Terror To Love will now line-up in the Menangle feature race on November 30, along side the Cup’s third-placed runner Christen Me.

    Having stood as the showpiece of the HRNSW calendar since the late 1960s, this year’s Miracle Mile is poised to be the best on record.

    With several pacers in ominous form – not least 2012 champion Baby Bling – the eight entrants will undoubtedly be looking to shatter the 1:50 mile rate barrier this time around.

    But it is New Zealand’s heralded Terror, despite breaking stride and handing up a 15-length start on Monday, who looms as the Mile’s leading contender, pending a favourable barrier draw.

    In the wash up of the Cup performance, owner Terry McDonald was quick to shower his champion with praise.

    “That was one of the most incredible efforts I have ever seen from a horse,” said McDonald.

    “I’m proud to say he’s mine.”

    With the final field for the Miracle Mile yet to be confirmed, competition will light up the south-west Sydney track over the next two Saturdays, ahead of the feature race at the month’s end.

    Despite a gallant effort in the Cup, and again on Friday in the New Zealand free-for-all, fellow New Zealand pacer Fly Like An Eagle is yet to receive an invite to the Mile.

    Pembrook Benny looks likely to appear in the field after taking out the Free-for-all at long odds, while Menangle pacer Suave Stuey Lombo may miss the race, after failing to feature in the placings at the Addington events.