Lazarus is beatable according to Australia’s top driver

13 February 2018

MIRACLE MILE | MICHAEL GUERIN

CHAMPION reinsman Chris Alford says Lazarus is beatable in next week’s Miracle Mile.
 And he should know, he was the man who beat him in Sydney’s greatest pacing race last year.
 Alford will fly north from Victoria on Saturday to partner a hotshot team at Menangle, headlined by Miracle Mile defending champion Lennytheshark in his Mile prelude.
 Lennytheshark produced the most stunning win of his career in last year’s Mile when he sat parked with Lazarus on his back and beat the champ fair and square.
 Alford says the veteran pacer can win again, even though it will be harder.
 “He can definitely beat Lazarus again, we are not conceding the Mile to him at all,” says Alford.
 “But I’ll admit he will be harder because he (Lazarus) has definitely got better. 
 “Still, I think Lenny as going as good as ever so if we beat him this time last year why can’t we beat him again?” Lennytheshark has finished unplaced in both the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup won by Lazarus this summer, leaving Alford in no doubt what he has to do to win the Mile, should he of course get invited by finishing top three in one of this week’s preludes.
 “I think the best way to beat him, maybe the only way, is to get in front of him.
“So if we can do that, particularly if we can lead, then we have our shot.” So large is the shadow Lazraus now casts over any feature race he is aimed at that he is rated a $1.70 chance by TAB bookies for the Mile, with Lennytheshark the $8 fourth favourite.
 This Saturday’s meeting will have two preludes for the Mile, with seven spots likely to be up for grabs if Chariots Of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu accepts his invite.
 Soho Tribeca is the $6 second favourite ahead of Heaven Rocks at $7.
 Alford won’t just be relying on Lennytheshark to pay his expenses at Menangle this week, with major winning chances in heats of the NSW Oaks and Derby.
 He reins Victoria Derby runner-up Poster Boy in the Derby heats along with its stablemates Maraetai while he reunites with last season’s Breeders Crown winner Nostra Villa in a heat of the Oaks.
 The latter took her record to nine wins from 10 starts when she returned with a victory at Kilmore on Sunday night.

 

 

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