There are plenty of good reasons to head out to Club Menangle over the next few weeks.
The club’s biggest event, the Carnival of Miracles, will kick off on Saturday, February 10, and run for three consecutive weeks.
On Saturday, February 24 carnival will conclude with the showpiece event and Australasia’s richest race – the Miracle Mile.
Punters who attend the first two race meetings will also have the chance to run their eye over the horses who will line up in the big field.
The horse who wins the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots of Fire on February 10 will automatically qualify for the Miracle Mile. So will the first two runners from the Canadian Club Sprint and Allied Express Transport Sprint (both on February 17).
The final three horses to make up the field of eight will be chosen by the Club Menangle board.
“This adds an element of excitement and quite often controversy around who will receive the last three invitations,” Club Menangle chief executive Bruce Christison said.
The betting ring won’t be the only place where racegoers can win either.
A $1500 travel voucher will be up for grabs for the male and female winner of the Lexus Macarthur Fashions on the Field, held on the same night as the Miracle Mile.
Mr Christison said the enormity of the carnival should not be lost on Macarthur residents.
“Every sport has its pinnacle event and the Miracle Mile is the grand final of harness racing,” he said.
“To have this event with the best international horses is huge for the Macarthur region.
“It is not often that we get to have the best international talent in any sport here in our own backyard.
“The Miracle Mile gives the people of Macarthur the opportunity to see the best racing action combined with fashion and fine food.”
The opening night of the carnival will also feature the Aussie Night Markets, which will see 50 food store holders descend on the course.
Mr Christison said at this stage, the two likely favourites for the Miracle Mile were New Zealander’s Lazarus and Lennytheshark, which won last year.
He also predicted local hopes Bling it On and Tiger Tara would be in the mix for the title.