Harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray had plenty of reasons to be happy about the win of his debutante two-year-old Beautide at Burnie on Friday night. Beautide was his fifth winner of the KLB Enterprises Burnie 2YO Sweepstakes but more importantly it kept Rattray's broodmare Gorse Bush's perfect record intact.
Gorse Bush has produces six foals and all have won.
Beautide is bythat has been a revelation to the Australian and New Zealand breeding industry with his most successful progeny Bettors Strike a rent winner of the Victoria and Tasmania Cups and is likely to be favourite to win next month's A. G. Hunter Cup.
Beautide had to do it tough facing the breeze outside of the leader Chasing Pirates (River Khan-Usetabemygirl) but when driver Gareth Rattray called on the gelding for the supreme effort he dug deep over the concluding stages and grabbed victory in the very last stride.
Rattray said he expects Beautide to make the grade.
"We're pretty hopefully that this horse will be alright because we like him a fair bit," Rattray said.
"I think this year's crop of two-year-olds is better than last year, so if that turns out to be fact then I'll be very happy," he said.
Rattray is unsure when Beautide will race next.
"There are not a lot of two-year-old races about at the moment but I'll have a good loo k at what's coming up and head him towards races in which I think he'll be competitive," he said.