Day At The Track

Rattray happy with trial

09:40 AM 31 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Beautide - On track for his return to racing
Beautide - On track for his return to racing

Harness Racing's Inter Dominion champ Beautide is back on song.

Trainer-driver James Rattray was pleased with today's third in a Melton trial behind Andy Gath's former Kiwi pacer Maximan.

"He needed the trial, but it was always going to be a soft one. I dropped him out, started a move at the 700m and never let him go. He felt good," Rattray said.

"I'll take him to a Geelong trial next week and get a lot more serious."

Rattray has ruled-out Saturday week's SA Cup, opting for the Bendigo Cup on January 17.

"That'll be his one lead up run for the Victoria Cup (January 31). With a Geelong trial and the Bendigo Cup run, I can have him 100 per cent for the Victoria Cup," he said.

Rattray again reiterated Beautide would not contest the Hunter Cup on February 7.

"No, nothing's changed there. He's having that week off and going straight from the Victoria Cup to the Inter Dominion heat in Sydney (February 14)," he said.

Maximan thrilled Gath with his trial win and is SA Cup-bound for a clash with the exciting Philadelphia Man and others.

Meanwhile, get ready for Shane Tritton mania.

The leading NSW trainer has been virtually unsighted for the past month, but is about to unleash an awesome team of horses.

"I've got the biggest and best team I've ever had. I've got 55 horses at the moment," he said.

"In the past we've only run horses at Newcastle and Menangle, but we'll be going everywhere around NSW from next week. We have to with these numbers."

Tritton is planning a Victorian raid with Suave Stuey Lombo and Easy On The Eye for the Victoria Cup.

He's also particularly excited about his three-year-old pair Artistic Flite and Controversial.

"They are going super. They are both a league above any other three-year-olds I've had. Opinions vary in the stable as to which is better. Time will tell," Tritton said.

"Artistic Flite is about to resume. He'll have one run then head to Melbourne for the Victoria Derby, where I'm sure he'll be very competitive."

Tritton said he also had a "new batch" of Kiwi imports and all we're progressing well in training.

"You'll be seeing us everywhere and winning plenty of races over the next few months, I can assure you," he said.

Courtesy of Adam Hamilton - Harness Racing New Zealand

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