There are few racehorses in Australia with a stronger pedigree than Miralie who is searching for his maiden victory at just his second start at Albury on Tuesday.
One look at the breeding of Miralie shows why he should be competing on a bigger stage than in a country race, but that is the path trainer and owner Vin Nolen is taking with the three-year-old.
Miralie is a son of 10-time Group 1 winner So You Think from dual Group 1 winner, Merlene. The duo won over $10 million between them and 12 Group 1 races including the Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.
Nolen said Miralie had to make his own mark despite his pedigree because he is never going to reach the same heights as his parents.
“I picked him up for $35,000 at the Breeze Up sales. He has had a throat operation because he was a roarer and that is how I came to buy him,” Nolen said. “I think he will be alright later on.
"He was a bit backward when I bought him and is still a bit of a slow learner. He is probably looking for a mile more than the 1400 metres.”
Miralie ran second on debut at Wodonga when not fancied in the betting, but he only failed by a head. With the benefit of race experience, Miralie is expected to improve a bit more but he is by no means a past-the-post proposition.
Lady Mironton has been placed at her past four starts which includes a last start third at the Wagga Cup carnival behind Nicconita which won again at Goulburn on Sunday. Missile Crisis has also been placed twice from as many starts for Victorian trainer Mitch Beer who won a race at the previous Albury meeting.
Miralie is one of five runners Nolen will have at Albury which takes in his entire racing stable although he has a number of horses being prepared for sales. The Benalla trainer will also start speedster Kevlar Kid who already has two wins to his name from three starts at Albury.
The flying machine has drawn the outside barrier which won’t prevent him from finding the front or being right on the speed. His other main chance is the consistent Triple Shot who has finished second four times from six starts and has also recorded one victory.
“Triple Shot probably won’t be far away and Kevlar Kid may need the run. He also has a few tendon problems so I’m more hopeful than confident,” he said.