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Harness racing could continue in Tasmania, even if it shuts down in the rest of the country, according to one of the industry's key figures. I think we can responsibly keep going because we are isolated. Harness great Barrie Rattray Barrie Rattray believes the state is in a unique position. "I think we can responsibly keep going because we are isolated," Rattray said. "It's a pity they let the cruise ship people in because, apart from that, the government and everyone involved as has done a pretty good job. "So we might actually be able to keep racing even if the other (states) fall over." Rattray was an inaugural inductee into the Tasmanian harness racing Hall Of Fame for his deeds as a trainer-driver and now heads the industry's peak participant body, the Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association. He was at Mowbray on Sunday night for the state's second harness meeting since the spectator lockout and was satisfied with the outcome. "I was in the drivers' room and everyone was following the protocols, using hand sanitizers and keeping their distance a bit," he said. Meanwhile, Harness Racing Victoria will move to smaller fields at smaller race meetings from Thursday. Meetings will be restricted to eight races with no more than eight horses per field. HRV chief executive Dayle Brown said the idea was to "limit the number of people in one place to protect the health and well-being of our people and keep our industry viable."    Giftofjoy, driven by Rohan Hillier, wins at Mowbray on Sunday night.   Quick Changeover (Taylor Ford) was Ben Yole's 800th career winner. VICTORIA DECIDES TO GALLOP ON Thoroughbred racing in Victoria is to continue until further notice. In announcing the decision on Monday afternoon, Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson stressed that the industry was in a different situation to the AFL. "Racing is a non-contact sport where horse handling requires social distancing," Thompson said. "The industry has demonstrated previously, through the equine influenza outbreak of 2007, that it can successfully implement quarantine measures. "These are unprecedented times and we have rightly taken unprecedented actions over the past fortnight ... to ensure that we provide the safest environment possible for the continuation of Victorian racing." Victoria has cancelled all official barrier trials and ruled that only locally-trained horses can run in jump-outs at each track. Racing NSW announced on Monday that it also would continue racing "under strict bio-security risk management protocols in accordance with government and health authority advice." However all three codes of racing in New Zealand will be shut down for at least the next 28 days. DOG HANDLERS TO KEEP DISTANCE Tasracing has changed the way greyhounds will be placed in the starting boxes to meet social distancing requirements. Effective immediately, dogs will be loaded in four separate groups - boxes 1 and 5, then boxes 3 and 7, boxes 2 and 6 and boxes 4 and 8. This will keep handlers further apart. It will also mean that some dogs will be in the boxes for longer than under the previous system when they were loaded in two groups (odds then evens). In NSW, greyhound racing will close 70 per cent of its tracks and race at only 10 selected venues. The state will be divided into seven zones and, to reduce travelling, participants can only race in their home zone. END TO SWAPPING RACING COLOURS?  Owners may soon have to get used to seeing their horses racing in different colours. It's been suggested that rather than jockeys and harness drivers wearing the owners or trainer's silks, they each be allocated their own set of colours which they would wear in all races. Removing the need to swap silks between races would be another way of social distancing. Racecallers are professionals and would soon adjust and even punters would get used to it eventually. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

The Rattrays have been producing feature harness race winners by the score for the past two decades with their star pacer Beautide winning the past two Inter Dominions to further enhance the reputation of the family name. But last week it was one of the Rattray Family Trust's broodmares that was acknowledged for her efforts in producing top class pacers. Gorse Bush, the mother of Beautide, was named Australian Broodmare of the Year to become the first since the great Liza Storm (dam of Thorate) to receive the honour in 1990. Barrie Rattray along with his wife Denise and their four children have worked hard to establish what is arguably the best harness racing breeding and training enterprises in Tasmania. "It is a great honour for the mare to be named Australian Broodmare of the Year and we are very proud of her," Rattray . Gorse Bush (Ticket To Heaven-Barrington Lass) had two of her progeny win eight races during the 2014-15 season which was enough to earn her the top award. Beautide was the mainstay winning five races including the a heat and final of the Inter Dominion at Menangle in March which made it success wins for the horse that has enabled, through his prizemoney ($2.02 million), to allow Barrie Rattray and his family to continue their quest to breed Group 1 winners. Gorse Bush also is the dam of Fuscienne that won three races home soil for Rattray. Overall Gorse Bush has produced nine foals to race and other than Delmi that had only one win before being retired to stud, all are multiple winners. Beautide is clearly her best product as he has so far won 45 races and has amassed an incredible $2.2 million in prizemoney. But many of Gorse Bush's other progeny have been outstanding achievers including Death And Taxes that won a Granny Smith mares classic and was second to Chrissy Grant in both the Evicus (2YO) and bandbox (3YO) finals but ended her career with stake earnings of $125,000. Gorse Bush's other winners were Acutabovetherest (14 wins), Ashura (7), I Pity The Fool (11), Ashkalini (14) and Chalondra (2). Unfortunately Gorse Bush has not produced a foal for the past three seasons. "Gorse Bush has been a brilliant broodmare for us and to get a dual Inter Dominion winner (Beautide) from her is a dream come true," Rattray said. "The mare missed for two seasons and this winter she slipped a foal by Betters Delight so just when everything was going well for her it all went south but that's what can happen in this breeding business," he said. While Gorse Bush is making tough work of producing foals these days one of her lightly raced daughters Delmi (x Jeremes Jet) could be the next star broodmare at Karalta Pacing Stables. Delmi has produced a filly by Grinfromeartoear that is a yearling and she has just given birth to a leggy filly by Betterthancheddar that already is a striking individual. Ashkalini has already produced a multiple winner in Goggo Gee Gee while Death and Taxes produced a colt last season by Bettors Delight that might make the grade. Peter Staples

Beautide, the champion Tasmanian-bred gelding who again dominated on the national scene during the 2014-15 season, was last night named horse of the year for the second year in succession at the annual awards presentation dinner at Wrest Point Hotel Casino on Saturday night. Beautide also was recently named Australian horse of the year for the second season in succession. The star pacer was bred by Barrie Rattray at Longford and is raced by the Rattray Family Trust. The now eight-year-old dominated in Tasmania during his juvenile years before heading to NSW where he is trained by the breeder's son James Rattray who has prepared him to win the past two Inter Dominion Championships. Last season Beautide again won the $750,000 Group 1 Inter Dominion final at Menangle and recorded a spectacular win in the Group 1 $100,000 Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint. He also won an Inter Dominion heat win and was victorious in the Nick Robin FFA and Paul Fitzpatrick FFA at Menangle. Beautide unfortunately has not fully recovered from a leg injury that will prevent him from attempting to win a third successive Inter Dominion in Western Australia in December. Peter Staples  

Former New South Wales pacer Wingatui Dew delivered a knockout blow to harness racing punters in Launceston on Sunday night when he outgunned a long odds-on favourite that most punters deemed a certainty in the Stonebridge Regal Pace (C0) over 2200m which was the first leg of the quadrella. The Barrie Rattray-trained Bettormack started the $1.10 favourite while Wingatui Dew was a big drifter $8 to start $13.90. But Wingatui Dew flew the gate to lead easily and while Todd Rattray aboard The Bettormack had a look for the lead he quickly realised it was a futile exercise and eased his charge out of the contest. The Bettormack faced the breeze for most of the race with the driver content to sit over a sulky length from the leader so as not to overtax his horse. When Rattray asked The Bettormack for the big effort in back straight the last time he was unable to make any impression on the leader. Wingatui Dew cruised to an effortless emphatic win over the favourite with Berri Damour a distant third ahead of Bad Boy Hughes. It was Wingatui Dew's first start in Tasmania and the Grant Hodges-trained four-year-old had only fair form at Menangle prior to arriving in Tasmania. While his win was impressive, driver Erin Hollaway said the gelding must mend his ways if he is to go the next step in Tasmania. "He didn't settle at all tonight so we are going to have to fix that or it will bring him undone sooner than later," Hollaway said. "He is a nice horse and we knew from watching replays from his runs at Menangle that he had good gate speed and he definitely showed that tonight," she said. Peter Staples  

Well-bred two-year-old pacer Kvitova Leis will head to the spelling paddock this week with her confidence high following an impressive win in a 2C0-2C1 over 1609 metres last nigh at the harness racing meeting at Ubet Park, Hobart. The Barrie Rattray-trained filly was sent around the field from last to find the front a lap from home and went on to score by almost seven metres from first-starter Reason To Grin with the well-backed Shadow Blue two metres away third. "This filly has done a good job winning two of only four starts but we'll turn her out for a break and hopefully she will come back and be very competitive in some of the feature three-year-old races," Rattray said. Kvitova Leis (Bettors Delight-Levina Leis) won in Hobart two starts back after her debut second at the same venue to suggest she might have a future. The Trevor and Marjorie Leis-owned and bred filly has improved at each outing. Rattray ended the meeting with a double courtesy of Devendra scoring another impressive win. Devendra won in Hobart two starts back but this latest victory proved he is back to his best. Rattray said a virus that swept through his stable had led to a lean time for a few months. "The virus cost the stable and to be honest we've had a horrid season compared to what we normally experience," he said. "But the horses are starting to come good and that has been evident with us producing a few winners of late," he said. Rattray was delighted with the run of his former Devonport Cup winner Devendra that scored impressively win in the The Warp Drive FFA over 2090 metres. Devendra began brilliantly from the outside barrier (7) to cross and lead and once in front driver Gareth Rattray rated the five-year-old well. The leader was pressured by All I Can Be for the last lap but when Rattray gave his charge more rein turning for home the gelding sped clear and had almost 12 metres to spare over Motu Crusader with Jukebox Magic flashing home from well back to grab third 3-1/2 metres away. Devendra produced a mile rate of 1.58.3 on a heavy track and ran home his last 800m in 57.4. Peter Staples

Lightly raced three-year-old harness racing filly Freyde delivered an impressive performance to win a 3C0-C0 at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston tonight (Sunday). Freyde (Riverboat King-Diligently) was buried away in the field three-back the fence from her inside second-row draw while the well backed favourite Pageantry showed his rivals a clean pair heels as he slipped to the lead and looked to be travell9ng comfortably turning for home. But when Freyde's driver Todd Rattray found clean air about 100 metres from home and eased the Barrie Rattray-trained filly into space she rattled home and hit the line almost two metres clear of Pageantry with first starter Kouper Bailey a close-up third. Freyde was coming off a fourth in Launceston at her previous outing which was her first start in almost a year. The filly won in Hobart in August last year but was subsequently dispatched to the paddock to recover from an injury. Given the way the Freyde sprinted to the line tonight when clear of the pack there are more wins in store for this filly. Pageantry did a good job to hold on for second while Kouper Bailey (Courage Under Fire-Balencia) showed courage on debut to battle on after facing the breeze for the duration. Peter Staples

Last season's Devonport Cup and Raider Stakes winner Devendra should be ready to bounce back into the harness racing winner's circle tonight when he fronts up in the Melfield Tyros Free-For-All (race seven) over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding has recently returned from a campaign in New South Wales where he won four at Menangle in the care of James Rattray with his last effort in that state a convincing win in the Group 2 Smoken Up Championship final. He resumed from a spell with a game third in Hobart last Sunday week behind Ardlussa Express and Motu Crusader but that run should have him tuned up for tonight's assignment. The only query is him coming off the outside of the second line but he has early speed and driver Todd Rattray might opt to use that edge to get into the race early. The in-form All I Can Be represents the main danger but he is drawn more awkwardly on the inside of the second row but could end up on the back of the leader if The Dip can lead from the pole position. El Jays Magic is a classy mare that has won her past three impressively but she too has drawn awkwardly on the outside of the front row (gate seven). It promises to be an interesting race with driving tactics likely to play a major hand in the outcome. Former star juvenile Palmisano gets his chance to notch another win when he tackles the Pure Steel Pace in a small field of six. Palmisano's recent form has been far from impressive but should he be able to recapture the a glimmer of the form that he showed as a young horse then he will be the testing material for his rivals. The first of eight races is scheduled to start at 5.52 (AEST) with the last at 9.32. Peter Staples

Prominent harness racing breeders Lyndon and Gail Menegon will be hoping their recent success with a galloper Smoke ' Whisky will carry over to Launceston tonight. Bred by the Menegon, Isundula Artist is chasing his first win for the season. The son of Tiz A Masterpiece will line up in the opening race on the eight-event card in what appears to be a winnable assignment for the Barrie Rattray-trained gelding. Starting from barrier three with Todd Rattray in the sulky, the three-year-old gets his chance to return to the winners' circle. Isundula Artist registered his sole win in Hobart almost a year ago, when he showed good gate speed to lead throughout from the pole. His main dangers are pole marker Barooga Minnie, along with Cemento Rapido from barrier two and Acey Boy from gate nine. PETER STAPLES

While training doubles are a common occurrence at Tasmanian harness racing meetings, Ron Mansfield achieved a unique one at the recent Burnie program. The special aspect of the 59-year-old Devonport trainer’s double is the winners, Esquivo and Boutique Art, are the only horses in his stable. Both were bred by the Rattray Family Trust and, after not reaching the Rattray standards, were leased to Mansfield. Esquivo was unplaced at six two-year-old starts before Mansfield took over the training, and almost a year and 17 starts later, the son of Ponder broke through for his first win. Boutique Art raced from the Rattray stable until her five-year-old season, winning two races from 26 starts. After a year off, the daughter of Art Major found herself in Mansfield’s care, where her next 20 starts produced four seconds, three thirds and eight fourths before a well-deserved win at Burnie. Mansfield’s only prior winner was Love This Life at Burnie in March 2013. Todd Rattray drove Esquivo and Boutique Art and completed a treble with Goggo Gee Gee in the Greg Rawlings Bulldozing Sweepstakes. The daughter of Bettors Delight is trained by Barrie Rattray and owned by Adam Rattray and, like all of Todd’ winners, had the advantage of leading on the tight Wivenhoe Showgrounds circuit. PETER STAPLES

Underrated pacer Ciskei powered his way to an impressive win in the Carrick Cup on Saturday to make it back-to-back wins in the feature race for harness racing premier trainer Barrie Rattray. With trainer's son Todd in the sulky, the Bettors Delight gelding began brilliantly from the standing start to settle outside of the leader and when Gareth Rattray sent his charge Driller Mac around the field to attack for the lead about 1600m out, Todd Rattray urged Ciskei forward tom assume control in front and the pair matched motors to the home turn. Ciskei kicked clear and had enough in reserve to stave off a powerful finish from Whisper Jet (Zeke Slater) to defeat that horse by a nose with the well backed Vande Velde (Christian Salter) a head away third. It was a popular win as Ciskei was well backed to win the New Norfolk Cup on Australia Day but he broke gait at a crucial stage of the race that may have cost him victory. "He's racing very well and should have won the New Norfolk Cup," Rattray said. "He was jogging going down the back straight when I think he got onto his bumpers and broke." "But the Carrick Cup was always his main aim so it's mission accomplished," he said. It was the trainer second success in as many years having won the 2014 edition with Devendra that went on to win the Devonport Cup. Devendra eventually made his way to the James Rattray stable in NSW where he performed brilliantly winning multiple races at Menangle and while Barrie is hopeful that might happen with Ciskei, he isn't counting on it. Peter Staples

Well-bred harness racing filly Fuscienne has a lot to live up to if she is to follow in the footsteps of some of her better performed relations, but in Launceston last night, she took the first step towards living up to expectations. Fuscienne won at her fourth outing, and while her trainer Barrie Rattray is not expecting her to achieve the feats of her half-brother Beautide, he does hope she can reach the heights of some of her other relations. By Major In Art, Fuscienne is also related to Death And Taxes (15 wins), Acutabovetherest (14 wins), Ashura (seven wins), I Pity The Fool (11 wins) and Ashkalina (14 wins). Fuscienne’s dam Gorse Bush boasts a perfect record from nine foals. Fuscienne performed well at her first three starts and had improved at each outing, but courtesy of a sensational drive from Todd Rattray, she was never going to be beaten. The three-year-old started at $1.70, which was risky given she was drawn in barrier 10, but after the field had travelled 50 metres the risk factor had been removed. Rattray was able to guide Fuscienne into the coveted one-out, one-back position where he stayed until 400 metres from home when he eased her three-wide and cruised to a four-metre win from Origin Billy, with the leader Lu Way Lord hanging on for third, a long neck away. “This filly is making good progress,” Todd said. “She’s by Major In Art and his progeny seem to get better with age, so we would expect her to improve with racing.” PETER STAPLES

TOP Tasmanian harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray had hopes for Blue Pointer last season and while he performed well he didn't quite live up to expectations. But at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night Blue Pointer finally delivered on the promise he showed early on by winning the $20,000 City of Launceston Cup over 2698 metres and in track record time. Blue Pointer recorded a mile rate of 1m.59.07 that smashed the previous best set by star New Zealand three-year-old Elect To Live that clocked a rate of 1m.59.7 seconds in the 2002 Australian Derby. Rattray said he was not surprised by the son of Four Starzzz Shark's win, despite starting at double figure odds, but the time was quite unexpected. "I was concerned that he might not have enough high speed but I knew that he'd stay the distance," Rattray said. "He's a horse that promised a lot as a three-year-old but didn't really deliver." "Now he's finally going like he should," the trainer said. Blue Pointer paid $12.50 but won like an odds-on chance. It was a perfect drive from the trainer's son Todd Rattray. "Todd made all the right moves at the right times - it was a great drive,' Rattray said. Todd had Blue Pointer settled three-back the fence but midrace he eased into the one-out line and made his move three-wide heading down the back straight and cruised to her front 400 metres from home. The five-year-old then staved off all challenges and went on to score by 3.9 metres from Outback Mach (Gavin Lang) with Riverboat Jasper three metres away third. The trainer is undecided as to whether he will back Blue Pointer up in next Sunday's $40,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart. "I'm not sure about taking him to the Tasmania Cup - the horse has already come a long way in a short space of time (this preparation)," he said. Blue Pointer began his racing career as a three-year-old and won five times with three in successive wins coming at the end of the 2012-13 season. He won his next two starts as a four-year-old before being sent for a four-month spell. But after three starts he was dispatched to the spelling paddock in February and didn't return to the racetrack until October. This time in he has won five from seven and recorded sub two-minute mile rates four times with his best a 1.58.3 in winning a C5-C7 pace in Hobart over 2090 metres on November 09. Peter Staples

IF three-year-old filly Kyleasha can live up to the efforts of her half-brother Hexus then she should go on to win better races than the Kohnke Own Products Pace she contested in Launceston last night. Hexus (Classic Garry-Magi Lune) won a heat of the 2006 Inter Dominion series in Tasmania when in the care of Max Hadley and he ended his racing career with stake earnings in excess of $500,000. Kyleasha (Bettors Delight-Magi Lune) was having he first start this preparation and showed all of her half-brother’s fighting spirit to win. The filly led from gate three and travelled comfortably with her trainer Barrie Rattray in the cart while the well backed Gottalovefridays (Michael Castles) worked around the field early to face the breeze. In the home straight Gottalovefridays drew about a half-length clear of Kyleasha but Rattray’s filly refused to wilt and fought back to go on and score by a head from Gottalovefridays with outsider Rainbow Phoenix flashing home from well back to grab third. Rattray was delighted with the first-up win as he admitted she was rushed into the assignment. “This filly was underdone for this race but it came up and it was very suitable so we pushed forward and got the desired result,” Rattray said. “I’ve always had a bit of time for this filly and I was very happy with how she did during her spell after her two-year-old campaign.” Kyleasha had four starts last season for a debut second at Burnie before winning at Devonport prior to tackling the Big Park Stud Sweepstakes series in Hobart. The filly finished second in her Sweepstakes heat behind Jokers Wild Card, beaten a head, before ending her campaign with a fifth to her stablemate Fawzia in the Sweepstakes final at the end of May. “She was good last season but not quite forward enough to win a feature,” Rattray said. “She spelled well but she never came to hand as quickly as we would have liked.” Rattray says the filly has a tendency to brush her knee and that might determine how far she progresses. “That she hits her knee is a bit of a problem but we are working on ways of removing that glitch and if we can, then I believe she can go to the next level,” Rattray said. Kyleasha, owned by log time stable client Barry Stewart, is likely to have her next start in Launceston in a fortnight. PETER STAPLES

STAR Tasmanian four-year-old pacer Pachacuti was far from disgraced when he powered home to finish a close-up fifth in the 4YO Australasian Breeders Crown final over 2240 metres at Melton today. Pachacuti was forced to tail out to last from his wide second-row draw while the Shane Triton-trained Marty Monkhouser began brilliantly from gate six to lead. The favourite Bit of a Legend spent some time in the three-wide line to eventually find his way to the "death" outside of the leader. Todd Rattray sent Pachacuti off three-wide at the bell and he enjoyed cover for 500 metres but he had to move four-wide to set sail after the leaders. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding appeared to lose concentration nearing the home turn and lost ground but he picked up the bit in the home straight and powered home to finish fifth and only 2.6 metres from the winner Marty Monkhouser that held a 1.4 metre advantage over Bit of a Legend with Majestic Mach a close-up third. Late money for Pachacuti had him start at $10 at fixed odds with Tattsbet while the winner started at $18. Barynya just misses Breeders Crown glory Tasmania’s Victorian Oaks-winning filly Barynya went within just over a metre of taking out the 3YO Fillies final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton today. With Rohan Hillier in the sulky, Barynya was smothered up three-back the fence while the heavily-backed Nike Franco rolled to the front after early leader Just Carla’s driver Amanda Turnbull handed up 1400m from home. When the leaders lifted the tempo Turnbull left the rails to challenge Nike Franco and that allowed Hillier to find the passing lane in the home straight but the game Tasmanian filly ran out of ground and was unable to run Just Carla down with Quick Draft a close-up third. The Dick Eaves-trained filly that is owned and raced by Lloyd Whish-Wilson and his wife Judy has had a brilliant season winning the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks and was placed in a Breeders Crown final and heat to take her stake earnings to beyond $200,000. Peter Staples  

Another one of Harnesslink's previews for the big day of harness racing at Melton on Sunday. First up this time it is the turn of the 4 year old mares. Breeders Crown 4 Year Old Mares Final One mare stands head and shoulders above the rest here and that of course is the outstanding racemare Frith. The winner of 28 races as well as 8 placings from just 37 starts, Frith has a major obstacle in her way to claim win number 29. Frith has drawn one on the second row and is going to need divine intervention at some point in the race if she is to add another trophy to the cabinet. The tactics here are all important but we feel Bruce Harpley may drop Frith back early to try to get away from the inside running line. If Frith can get off the inner in the first lap then she is still the horse to beat but the draw has definitely brought her right back to the field. Just as clearly second pick for us is the super consistent Im Smouldering who has only missed a placing four times in 42 starts. She has the master Gavin Lang in the bike and the draw of five is perfect for her. Im Smouldering will definitely work her way forward and has the all round game to win this race.  After those two mares it becomes a very even contest but we always like to stick with the proven class performers and that's what we have done here. Our Femme Fatale from barrier one is a major player but she will want to take a sit because if she leads she is a sitting duck for Frith. Who she hands up to is the big question but Arma Express looks the logical choice. The Western Australian Arma Express will definitely have a look for the lead from barrier three for her trainer /driver Donald Harper. Arma Express has only had two runs back from a long spell so should have derived further improvement from her gutsy run in the heat last Sunday. The other mare we like is Couageousnquick but her draw of six makes this a difficult ask for the talented mare. Chris Alford in the bike is a big plus and she is a major player here with the run to suit. SELECTIONS Even from the draw we are still drawn back to Frith. She is one hell of a racemare and with any kind of luck Frith will notch win number 29 on Sunday. The danger for us is undoubtedly Im Smouldering who looks back to her best after her tough run for second to Frith last Sunday in the heat. After that we think that Our Femme Fatale, Arma Express and Courageousnquick all have the talent to play a part in the finish. First four players should add The Baggy Green and Cenosilocophobia to the mix as cover. Breeders Crown 4 year Old Colts/Geldings Final The old saying that form is temporary and class is permanent is apt in the case of the outstanding four year old Bit Of A Legend. Sent to Perth in December last year for the Golden Nugget, the trip turned into a nightmare for  Bit Of A Legend and he returned to New Zealand with his tail between his legs. Nursed back to full fitness by Cran Dalgety, Bit Of A Legend had his first start back from the Perth disaster at Melton last Sunday in a Breeders Crown heat. Wide early and then parked there after, Bit Of A Legend just absolutely blew them away when Dexter Dunn asked him to run at the 400 meters mark. He should take a huge amount of improvement out of his first run for over nine months and even from six on the second row Bit Of A Legend is first pick for us.  The obvious danger is Chilli Palmer who has drawn at barrier five on the front line. He likes to launch off a horses back and is not renowned for doing it tough but he does have a lightning sprint if held up for that one run. Chilli Palmer will go back at the start and look for that slingshot run at them late in the piece. The Tasmanian Pachacuti has really been in the zone lately but faces his stiffest test from four on the second line. Still a major player and can rough it but the draw has hurt his winning prospects in our view.. The winner should come from those three runners we have previewed. The next two after the leading trio are Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib who could both run in three with a run to suit. SELECTIONS  Bit Of A Legend is shooting for his third Breeders Crown title on Sunday and we think he will bag number three. A combination of a great horse, trainer and driver means Bit Of A Legend picks himself in our view. Chilli Palmer is a clear second pick as he has beaten Guaranteed and Smoken Up this season so he has all the ability in the world. The only negative is his racing style but as he has shown in the past he can overcome that. Pachacuti has won ten of his last eleven and winning can become a habit. His trainer Barrie Rattray is top class and Pachacuti will be primed to run the race of his life on Sunday. Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib are the next two runners we like while first four players should include Flaming Flutter and Lochinver as cover. Harnesslink Media

TRAINER-DRIVER Barrie Rattray is contemplating an interstate trip with Who Is Hardeen following his impressive win at the harness racing meeting atTattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Who Is Hardeen was forced to tail out to last from his outside-front barrier (7) but Rattray was content to sit back and bide his time on the three-year-old gelding. Nobeer Nofear led from gate three and led comfortably at his first-up assignment for Gary Bishop but he started to feel the pinch turning for home and that's when the back-markers made their moves. Stoner Rainbow and Rockbank Dancer swept up to take the lead but they had no answer to Who Is Hardeen's powerful finish. Who Is Hardeen, owned by Mark Panton, has raced seven times this season for two wins and three minor placings with his overall career stats showing his consistency with five wins and seven minor prizes from 19 starts. Peter Staples    

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