Day At The Track

Beautide gets the visitors draw

04:48 PM 17 Jul 2013 NZST
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Tasmanian pacer Beautide will be forced to do plenty of work on Saturday night to win a heat of the Winter Championships after drawing barrier ten. The five year old, trained by Barrie Rattray, has raced well since arriving in New South Wales having won a race and placed second on two occasions in three starts.

"I'm really happy with the job Beautide has done in Sydney since we sent him north, Sofie Svensson has been looking after him up there in Sydney but the barrier draw hasn't been kind this weekend," Rattray said.

"James (Rattray) has been flying up to Sydney to drive him and he will do the same again this weekend, we have been forced into driving him a bit tough because of his barriers but we'd be happier to sit in if they ran along up front and that's when you would see the best of him."

Beautide has won 27 races in his career and Rattray is hoping he can win the Winter Championships before heading to Victoria for the Breeders Crown carnival.

"He's one of the better racehorses I have been associated with, I think he is one of those horses that will appreciate racing the better horses because he likes a solid pace."

"Ideally it would be nice if we could win some of the good prize money on offer in Sydney before heading to Victoria because there are a couple of races for him around Breeders Crown time but I guess we will just have to wait and see how everything plays out over the next few weeks."

Rattray is full of praise for his son James and is happy to have him back home after several years away.

"James has done plenty of travelling over the past seven or eight years and has spent a lot of time with some great trainers, he worked for Tony Herlihy in New Zealand and has spent four years in North America working with men like Noel Daley, it has been a great experience for him, he's in the top 5 drivers here in Tasmania and he's only been here for half the season."

Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

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