Day At The Track

Beautide sends out warning to rivals

09:55 AM 26 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Beautide - Brilliant trial on Saturday in preparation for Victoria Cup
Beautide - Brilliant trial on Saturday in preparation for Victoria Cup

Write-off Beautide at your own peril. 

That’s the warning from trainer-driver James Rattray after a sparkling trial win at Ballarat yesterday (Saturday). 

Despite going into one of the all-time strongest Victoria Cup fields first-up for nine weeks, Rattray thinks Beautide is a major winning chance. 

“It’s not just how well he went in the trial, but how well he came through it. He’s fit, he’s very, very fit,” he said. 

“He’s one of the horses you can really have screwed down with trackwork and trials rather than definitely needing racing. 

“In an ideal world I’d have had a lead-up run, but that wasn’t an option so I’ve really poured the work into him and I’m really happy with where’s at. 

“I’m not going there thinking he needs the run. I’m going there thinking he’s a big winning chance if we get the right sort of run.” 

Rattray stressed Beautide’s setbacks since the Miracle Mile had both been only minor. 

“It’s not lost he’s missed a big chunk of work. He’s gotten over both bugs really quickly. He had a really good foundation of fitness before it, too,” he said. 

“I know this is a heck of a strong Victoria Cup, but Beautide’s shown how good he is when he’s at his top and I think he’s very, very close to his top.” 

Rattray is also thankful the Victoria Cup is a relatively short race at 2240m. 

“It’s better than trying to go into a 3000m race first-up,” he said. “2240m around Melton is not much more than a sprint. He’s ready for it.” 

Beautide began well in his Ballarat trial then took a sit on Emma Stewart’s high-class mare Beauty Secret. While Victoria Cup favourite Guaranteed sat back off them and was happy to follow them. 

“I popped off Beauty Secret’s back and let my guy run down the home straight. They flew. I’m told they ran home in 53.3 and 26sec flat,” Rattray said. 

“I just grabbed Beauty Secret by a head on the line. Gee that mare went well – she’s one to follow for sure.” 

Rattray said the timing of the Victoria Cup and the Inter Dominion heat (February 14) would allow him to prime Beautide for the gruelling 3009m of his defence in the Inter Dominion final at Menangle on March 1.

Adam Hamilton - Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand

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