Lightning joins lead-up events for a big Miracle Mile

BALLARAT’S Lightning Mile, will link up with two other feature sprint events in Victoria as a lead-up to the iconic Miracle Mile in Sydney.

The third edition of the Laser Electrical Lightning Mile, 1609m, will be on Friday, October 3.

This will lead into the Popular Alm Sprint at Kilmore and The Legends at Melton.

Ballarat and District Trotting Club chief executive officer Paul Rowse said while none of the three events guaranteed winners a Miracle Mile start, they provided a start for horses being aimed at Sydney.

Blucolla Tigerpie won the inaugural Lightning in 1:55.6 in March last year.

Smoken Up then ran a track record 1:53.1 to win on Boxing Day to earn a $10,000 speed bonus in the $30,000 event.

The new date for the Lightning Mile is part of a new-look racing calendar for the BDTC, which will again feature 35 race meetings in 2014-15.

The biggest change is the shift of the Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup from late January to Saturday, December 13.

Harness Racing Victoria has made the move to allow the Victoria Cup to switch from the December timeslot to late January – a week before the AG Hunter Cup – to form a new-look Nights of Glory Carnival.

RACE DATES

Wednesday, July 2; Thursday, July 17; Saturday, July 26.

Friday, August 1; Sunday, August 10 (twilight); Saturday, August 16 (Australasian Breeders Crown semi-finals); Tuesday, August 26

Tuesday, September 2; Tuesday, September 16

Friday, October 3 (Lightning Mile); Thursday, October 30.

Saturday, November 8; Friday, November 28

Thursday, December 4 (Eureka Cup); Saturday, December 13 (Ballarat Pacing Cup); Friday, December 26 (Snowball Series final)

Saturday, January 10; Tuesday, January 20; Friday, January 30.

Friday, February 13 (Tontine Pacers Series Final); Sunday, February 22 (twilight)

Wednesday, March 4 (day); Wednesday, March 11; Thursday, March 26.

Thursday, April 2; Thursday, April 23; Thursday, April 30.

Wednesday, May 6; Sunday, May 17 (twilight); Friday, May 22 (Holloway 3yo Classic); Saturday, May 30 (John Slack Memorial Trotters’ Cup and 2yo feature).

Thursday, June 4; Wednesday, June 10; Tuesday, June 16; Thursday, June 25.

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