LEADING Tasmanian trainer
Last Sunday at Melton in Victoria Rattray was represented by Pachacuti and Delightful Christian in the 3YO Breeders Crown finals for colts-geldings and fillies respectively.
Pachacuti finished a courageous second to superstar NZ colt Bit Of A Legend in the colts and geldings final while Delightful Christian was third behind Frith in the fillies’ final.
Both runs were full of merit but especially that of Pachacuti that worked hard three-wide for the first 700 metres before finding the death and while he had cover one-out-one-back with 800 metres to go he had to be eased out three-wide to make his run on the home turn.
Despite the tough run he had the audacity to take ground off the winner over the final 100 metres.
Delightful Christian was buried three-back the rails but her driver James Rattray was able to get her off the fence leaving the back stretch the last time to make her charge three-wide.
She was no match for the winner but had Rattray been able to get her out and running earlier she would most likely have run second.
While winning was the ultimate goal, Rattray was more than pleased with his horses’ performances.
“Both of my three-year-olds did a good job but in particular Pachacuti,” Rattray said.
“For him to work that hard early and beat off all the others in the home straight was an amazing effort.”
“It was the only way James could have driven him to get a result fro his outside second-row draw.”
“Delightful Christian also did a great job,” he said.
Rattray said Pachacuti and Delightful Christian would race at Menangle in NSW on Saturday night.
Pachacuti has drawn the outside gate (10) in a 3YO race over 2300 metres and Delightful Christian has drawn the same gate in a 3YO fillies race over 1609m.
Rattray’s star free-for-aller Beautide has been performing well in NSW of late and he will tackle the Spring Championship final on Saturday week at Menangle after winning his heat easily last week.