DRIVER Luke McCarthy says pacing superstar King Of Swing is “very close to the mark” for his return to racing at Menangle on Saturday night.
It’s his first start since successfully defending his Miracle Mile crown at Menangle on March 6.
McCarthy said the powerhouse entire had done plenty of work at home, topped-off by a Menangle trial win last Wednesday.
“He’s been ready to go for a while, but there’s been no rush. He just needs a couple of runs here before he heads to Queensland,” he said.
“We’re really happy with the way he’s come back. He’s done a lot of work at home and with the trial last week, he’s very close to the mark, he’s raring to go.”
As is customary under the preferential barrier conditions of most Menangle races, King Of Swing will start from outside the front row (gate eight) in the 2300m.
Two of his main dangers – if there are any – look to be stablemates Star Galleria (gate six) and Bright Energy (five).
King Of Swing, who boasts 33 wins and almost $2.3m in earnings, will heads a powerhouse team of Queensland raiders for McCarthy and his wife, Belinda.
In just 18 starts for Team McCarthy, King Of Swing has won 14 of them with three seconds, a third and earned almost $2m.
Chariots Of Fire winner Expensive Ego, Group 1 winner Mach Shard, one of Australia’s best mares Bettor Enforce and exciting new stable addition Spirit Of St Louis are Team McCarthy stars bound for next month’s Queensland Constellations Carnival.
Spirit Of St Louis, a former buzz Kiwi pacer, won impressively on debut for the McCarthys at Goulburn last Friday and will head to Queensland earlier for his next race at Albion Park on June 19.
Bettor Enforce resumes at Menangle on Saturday night, while Mach Shard and Expensive Ego will return in coming weeks.
Originally published asPacing superstar “close to the mark” for return
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