Day At The Track

McCarthy offers high praise for Aussie star

11:52 PM 23 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Beautide - Inter Dominion winner
Beautide - Inter Dominion winner

Beautide, aka the ‘Tassie Terminator’ has been paid the ultimate compliment. The recent Miracle Mile/Inter Dominion harness racing champion has been described as the ‘complete’ horse by Australian born but North American based Andy McCarthy.

The leading reinsman returned to Australia to visit family and friends late last year and even took in some driving action when he won the Gr.1 $100,000 Cranbourne Cup aboard The Gold Ace but he was clearly taken by the efforts of Beautide during his time back home.

“He’s a beast; he possesses all the great things that are required to dominate at the highest level in Australia, he displayed throughout the season he has incredible point to point speed, great strength and a fierce desire to win.” McCarthy said.

Beautide has won 10 of his 12 starts this season and banked more than a million dollars in prizemoney while next month’s Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle is the next target.

And McCarthy is happy to put him on the highest pedestal.

“Obviously it takes a very special horse to win the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dominion in the same season but he has shown so many great qualities and when you break them down against modern day champions like Blacks A Fake and Im Themightyquinn, he’s right there with them.

“I’ve raced and watched those two horses closely but what Beautide has done this season is sensational. He proved his toughness when he crushed them in the Inter Dominion Grand Final in unbelievable time just like Blacks A Fake did on so many occasions while his acceleration to win the Miracle Mile was Im Themightyquinn like, he just took off.

“The defining moment of Beautide’s greatness was his victory in the Newcastle Mile, which was just stunning because you don’t see horses do what he did that night. He was buzzed off the gate and tackled hard for the lead in 26 seconds and then pulled the pocket to sit parked before just running away with it in track record time. Unbelievable victory.”

McCarthy was also happy to pay tribute to the team behind Beautide.

Like McCarthy, trainer/driver James Rattray spent several years domiciled in North America working under the care of leading trainer and former Australian Noel Daley at his Magical Acres stables.

During his time abroad, Rattray met his partner Fia Svensson who has become the constant companion of Beautide since the couple relocated to Sydney.

“Jimmy and Fia are great; they have done a super job with Beautide this season, great attention to detail and perfectly executed planning.

“They’re both very talented horse people and learned plenty during their time up here, it was a big gamble to relocate back to Australia but they have done it perfectly and hopefully they can build a really good future together.”

McCarthy is based in the New Jersey area and regularly competes at the famed Meadowlands where he’s enjoying good success this season but will make a more permanent switch to Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania now that the season has officially started.

The 27yo will drive at Pocono Downs four times a week while still venturing to the Meadowlands on a weekly basis before making a permanent switch in August once the season comes to a close in New Jersey.

McCarthy finished fourth in the driver’s standings at Pocono Downs last year with 156 winners and will be hoping to extend on that this season.

And speaking of extending, McCarthy and his wife Kat are counting down the days until the arrival of their first child.

It will be another big year for Andy McCarthy in more than one way.

by Chris Barsby

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