TO say Longford harness trainer Barrie Rattray was experiencing a hot streak would probably be the understatement of the century.
His home-grown gelding Beautide captured the Miracle Mile-Inter-Dominion double to assume the mantle as Australasia’s best pacer but the juggernaut continued, albeit on a much lower scale, at Devonport on Sunday night.
Devendra outgunned a strong field to win the Hardings Hotmix Devonport Cup to give the trainer back-to-back wins in the coastal club’s feature having won last year with Biggernbettermax.
Devendra is quickly becoming the stable star with this his third Cup victory in succession having already been successful in the Burnie and Carrick cups and all in the space of seven weeks.
With the trainer’s son Todd Rattray aboard, Devendra stepped brilliantly from the front row (4) and had no trouble leading.
Once in front he was rated superbly and he had enough in reserve to hold out all challengers over the concluding stages.
Devendra hit the line well clear of interstate invader Fine Star Anvil that faced the breeze after making up ground quickly from his 30-metre handicap while outsider Falco Peregrinis finished third.
Rattray said the natural progression for Devendra would be to send him to his son James’ stable in NSW where Beautide resides these days.
“The time is fast approaching to seriously consider sending Devendra to James in Sydney,” Rattray said.
‘This horse has been a bit of a slow developer but we’ve always liked him.”
“He’s still lazy but there will come a time when he’ll realise what’s going on.”
“Then he’ll be a very good horse – I don’t think he’s far off it now,” Rattray said.
By Peter Staples