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LEADING Tasmanian trainer Barrie Rattray has enjoyed one of his best season’s in his home state but he also has been experiencing some great results interstate. 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 Metropolitan 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. Peter Staples  

QUALITY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Pachacuti stormed his way into the American Ideal Breeders Crown final for 3YO colts and geldings at Ballarat in Victoria last Saturday night. Pachacuti faced the breeze for most of the race but the Barrie Rattray-trained gelding made light of the task to forge clear in the home straight and win by just over seven metres from Modern Max with Blissful Guy a head away third. The race favourite Ginger Bliss that won the Tasmanian Derby earlier this year, was a disappointing fifth but still did enough to scrape into next week’s $170,000 final. Pachacuti has reached a new level compared with what he was producing last preparation, although his trainer has always said the gelding probably won’t start to realise his full potential until he is four. He won two from eight starts last season but the second win was in the $20,000 Big Park Stud Sweepstakes final in Hobart after which he had two more starts for a third in a Dandy Patch heat and he ended his two-year-old season with a last in the final after galloping soon after the start. This season Pachacuti began with a win in Hobart before finishing third in the Tasmanian Guineas. He was fifth in the Tasmanian Derby but went on to win the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes in Launceston. He went to Melbourne for the Breeders Crown series having amassed eight wins this season so he is a deserving finalist in the Breeders Crown. Rattray also will hitch up his star three-year-old filly Delightful Christian in the 3YO Fillies Breeders Crown final after she finished a luckless fifth in her semi-final last Saturday night. Delightful Christian has a sensational record in Australia and New Zealand winning five of her only six starts in Australia and seven of 20 outings in New Zealand. It is the first time in the history of the Breeders Crown series that a Tasmanian trainer has had a runner in both of the three-year-old finals. James Rattray will partner both horses in their respective finals. Peter Staples

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 |  

Tasmanian pacer Beautide produced a brilliant performance to win at his first outing in New South Wales when he clinched victory in a heat of the harness racing Winter Pacing Championship Series at Menangle on Saturday night.

Rykov Leis continued on his winning way in Launceston on Sunday night to confirm his status as a genuine Globe Derby prospect.

Talented four-year-old Ciskei scored the best win of his career when he came from near last to win the $30,000 Raider Stakes at Devonport on Sunday.

One of Tasmania's most decorated harness racing trainer-drivers Barrie Rattray turned back the clock when he partnered his gallant six-year-old Biggernbettermax to an impressive victory in the 2013 McKillop Insurance Brokers Easter Cup over 2698 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight (Sunday).

Tasmanian harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray will attempt to win his fourth Easter Cup at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston, Tasmania tonight.

Beautide's main mission this preparation is the $40,000 Easter Cup on Easter Sunday and it would appear all he has to do to accomplish the feat is retain the form that took him to victory in an Easter Cup heat in Launceston last Sunday night.

Underrated pacer Biggernbettermax will make his way into next Month's Devonport Cup in peak form with his latest victory on the Devonport Showground circuit, testament to his arrival as a genuine cups prospect.

Tasmanian-owned three-year-old pacer Delightful Christian has started her Group 1 journey on a high by leading all the way to win the $175,000 3YO Yearling Sale Championship Classic in New Zealand.

The outcome of the Tattsbet 3YO Pace over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night was one of the highlights on the 10-race harness racing card.

The question of how one of the most commonly used therapeutic substances for racehorses for the last 30 years suddenly tested positive for arsenic lies at the heart of a judicial review which has opened in the High Court at Auckland.

Classy harness racing mare Benediction will soon be retired to stud and if she never races again she will have left the scene on a winning note. Benediction scored a game win when she proved too string for her rivals in the $10,000 Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night.

Top harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray has maintained his opinion of former smart filly Benediction throughout her racing career but some inferior efforts and flat spots in recent times had the potential to dampen his enthusiasm.

Talented two-year-old pacer Delightful Christian has returned to Tasmania to prepare for the upcoming Breeders Crown harness racing series in Victoria. She debuted in Tasmania with a win in Launceston but she was immediately dispatched to New Zealand where she was prepared for a lengthy feature race campaign by Brian Hughes.

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