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Talented two-year-old pacer Pachacuti caused a boilover at Tattersall's Park last night when he outgunned the odds-on favourite Lickyalips to win the $20,000 Big Park Stud Sweepstakes final for harness racing colts and geldings over 1609 metres.

Most of the interest in Tasmanian harness racing last week was focused interstate with a few of the state's top performers including Our Sir Jeckyl and Aapennon tackling races in New South Wales ands Victoria respectively.

Three of Tasmania's better performed pacers will make their interstate harness racing debuts this weekend.

Star Tasmanian four-year-old Beautide took a step closer to an interstate trip when he scored a game free-for-all harness racing win over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night (May 27).

Next Sunday night's (April 22) Raider Stakes is being billed as harness racing's clash of the Titans with reigning Tasmanian horse of the year Beautide going up against his archrival Quastor Centurion.

Last season's Tasmanian harness horse of the year Beautide had to pull out all stops to score a narrow but impressive harness racing win in the Cleghorn Farms 4YO Classic over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night.

Talented four-year-old pacer Beautide will move a step closer to his major harness racing assignment this preparation when he steps out in the Cleghorn Farm Standardbreds 4YO Classic over 2200 metres in Launceston tonight (Sunday April 8).

Last season's top three-year-old pacer Beautide returned to harness racing in style with an emphatic win in the Westbury Cup at Carrick Park Paceway near Launceston on last Friday night.

The Hobart meeting scheduled for Sunday night in the twilight timeslot has been moved to the afternoon. Due to a New South Wales Harness Racing Club meeting at Bulli being abandoned Tasmania was offered the afternoon timeslot on Sky 1.

Leading Tasmanian harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray clinched his fifth North-East Pacing Cup (2692m) when his son Gareth guided one of the stable favourites Biggernbettermax to victory at Scottsdale last Friday night.

Well bred three-year-old pacer Ciskei made an early winning start to his harness racing career when he powered home to win the Master Barry Pace (3C0-3C1) over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night (November 13).

The fourth harness race on last Sunday night's(October9) card at Tattersall's Park proved to be an action packed event with the favourite Zurbaran emerging victorious but not before a lengthy inquiry in the stewards room that had to deal with a number of issues during the race.

The harness connections of talented four-year-old pacer Jaruzelski Leis have been careful not to overtax the son of Bettors delight with the hope of him one day making the grade at the elite level.

Star pacer Beautide capped a great 2010-11 harness racing season by being named Tasmania's horse of the year. The now four-year-old was crowned at a special gala function at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart last night (Friday) where the Barrie Rattray-trained gelding also was named the state's best three-year-old from last season.

The Rattray family has dominated Tasmanian harness racing for three decades and now one member of the family is helping to spread the name globally. While Barrie Rattray continues to train multiple winners at many meetings in Tasmania and his sons Gareth and Todd continually share the spoils in the sulky, older brother James is making his mark as a reinsman in the US.

Star Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray finished the harness racing season as he started it with multiple wins that capped another great season to register his sixth successive leading driver title. Winning premierships is not something the 25-year-old sets out to do each season but like his father Barrie, who has won 13 driver's premierships, it just seems to come naturally.

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