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Delight Me has all the makings of a top-line harness racing filly. A royally-bred three-year-old, Delight Me is by top sire Bettors Delight from quality mare Cornsilk. A top youngster, Cornsilk won 43 races, including the Two and Four-Year-Old Vicbred Super Series Finals and Breeders Crown. As for Delight Me, she has won three of her four starts for co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, including Melton last Friday. Despite her second row draw, Delight Me is the one to beat in Saturday night’s Silver Chalice at the same venue. Stewart and Tonkin also have Lovelist engaged in the feature. Another well-bred youngster, Lovelist will begin from barrier five. “Delight Me is the better chance of our two,” Stewart said. “Her form is good and she keeps on improving. She won impressively last start.” “Lovelist is probably a run short for this grade.” HRV Media

Brilliant pacer Bettors Fire is one of the most versatile performers in Western Australia, which has harness racing trainer Kyle Harper bubbling with confidence ahead of Friday night’s Fred Doy Memorial at Gloucester Park. Bettors Fire can switch from stand to mobile and from staying events to sprints without turning a hair and that’s why Harper believes the son of Bettors Delight can win despite awkwardly in barrier five. Bettors Fire’s clash with dashing sprinter David Hercules promises to be the highlight of the 10-event program, with Bettors Fire gaining an early advantage by drawing inside of David Hercules, which will start from six at his first appearance for three-and-a-half months. Bettors Fire won stands over 2503 metres in October and November and then mustered tremendous early speed before setting the pace and winning the Group Three Parliamentarians Cup over 2536 metre at Gloucester Park and the Group Two Bunbury Cup over 2569 metres at Donaldson Park last Saturday night. “I thought I could zap them in the Bunbury Cup and I did and he had a pretty happy trip in front,” Harper said. “In Friday night’s race there is a fair bit of speed inside him, but I’d say they would all would want to be taking a sit. However, you never know. “My plan is to go forward at the start and I’ll be moving forward beneath David Hercules. Hopefully, Bettors Fire will be able to find the front and he should take some beating. But you can never discredit David Hercules, who is a very good horse. “After the race Bettors Fire will have a couple of weeks off before he starts in the Village Kid Sprint over 1730 metres. Then he will contest the Fremantle Cup (2536 metres) and WA Pacing Cup (2936 metres). “It’s hard to say whether he is a better stayer or sprinter because he does everything so well. I think he’s a better stayer, but there’s not many at the moment who can run as quick a mile as he can.” Harper has nominated Bettors Fire for the Inter Dominion, with the Final to be run at Menangle on March 1. “Whether we go to Sydney will depend on how he performs in the Cups,” Harper said. “I don’t like to get too far ahead of myself. “I would have to say that Bettors Fire is the best horse I have driven. I have been fortunate to have driven some very nice horses like Has The Answers and Mysta Magical Mach and I think he is better than those two, which is a big call. “I rarely hopple Bettors Fire and he’s had just one hoppled run in this preparation. The rest has been gallop work on the beach and at home in the heavy sand. He also does plenty of wading at the beach.” Bettors Fire has raced superbly in Western Australia where his 21 starts have produced 13 wins and three placings. He won at 11 of his 30 starts in New Zealand and has earned $336,252 in prizemoney. KEN CASELLAS

Outstanding pacer Beautide will miss one of harness racing’s most popular events – Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup. Although the reigning Inter Dominion champion was among the nominations for the Group One, trainer James Rattray opted to bypass the feature after Beautide’s blood results “weren’t the best”. With the gelding’s long term plans remaining Rattray’s priority, the horseman will give Beautide a light week before aiming the son of Bettors Delight at next month’s Bendigo Cup. The January 17 assignment will be followed by the Victoria Cup a fortnight later. Beautide will then contest an Inter Dominion heat before embarking on his title defence at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. In Beautide’s absence, exciting local, Guaranteed, has been installed the $2.20 on TAB Fixed Odds ahead of last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup hero, Terror To Love on $3. PAUL COURTS

Catalogues are now available for the Auckland and Christchurch Yearling Sales to be held on February 16 and February 17/18 respectively. A total of 499 yearlings have been catalogued compared to the 493 last year. Undoubtedly the star turn will be Bettor’s Delights 106 yearlings (72 colts and 34 fillies).  Three consecutive years now he has incredibly been Leading Sire on both sides of  the Tasman. Perhaps the only trip up for sale catalogue readers will be that the lot numbering this year is consecutive over both sales for the first time.  Lot 141 is the last yearling in Auckland and 142 is first to sell the next day in Christchurch. Leading Sires Drafts   Auckland Sale Christchurch Sale Total Bettor’s Delight 47 59 106 American Ideal 12 26 38 Mach Three 8 29 37 Art Major 17 16 33 Christian Cullen 5 26 31 Rocknroll Hanover 9 9 18 Muscle Mass (T) - 16 16 Changeover 2 14 16 Somebeachsomewhere 8 7 15 Monarchy (T) 1 12 13 Courage Under Fire - 12 12 Rock N Roll Heaven 2 9 11 Dam of the moment, Scuse Me, who produced both Group 1 winners on Cup Day and is also the grandam of the NZ ffa/Miracle Mile winner, has a Bettor’s Delight colt entered at Auckland.  He is so appropriately named “All About Me”. To visit the catalogue click on this link.

Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker  

Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the infamous line 'I'll be back' in the Terminator movies and trainer James Rattray will return to New South Wales with his 'Tassie Terminator' Beautide in time for next year's Inter Dominion. In the short term Rattray will set up a base in Victoria and left his Sydney base on Tuesday morning. "We'll just see how it goes at this stage, Fia and I have been looking at some properties around Sydney but we have been looking in Victoria as well and we will make a final decision after we've had a taste of what it is like in Victoria," Rattray said. "There are a few reasons for the move, obviously the Summer Carnival in Victoria is a big attraction for Beautide and to a lesser extent Devendra plus I have horses like Roger Ramjet who is a C2 and Glencore who is a C1 and in Victoria they can race against their own grade." While Rattray was contemplating giving Devendra a shot in Saturday night's Gr. 1 Cranbourne Cup he has decided against it. "Devendra has been racing week to week recently and I think he is going to appreciate the week away from the races especially with the trip south thrown in. He is a very good stand horse and I will aim him at some of the Country Cups around Victoria in the short term." "If he could perform well in those then we may even give him a crack at a race like the Hunter Cup, we will just wait and see." Beautide pulled up well from his second placing in Saturday night's Miracle Mile and will now be aimed at the Ballarat Cup. "Yeah he will go to Ballarat and then probably Bendigo before the Victoria Cup. He was pretty good by Sunday morning, he was pretty bright." Greg Hayes  

Although the numbers point to Guaranteed winning harness racing’s premier sprint at Menangle on Saturday night, trainer Shane Tritton is confident he has the statistic to prove otherwise. Since its inception in 1967, the Miracle Mile has been won by more five-year-olds than any other age category. The Grand Circuit gem is also a happy hunting ground for raiders, which boast a superior record over locals. As the only five-year-old in the prestigious event, the Victorian-trained Guaranteed ‘ticks all the boxes’. Paying little attention to figures spread across 47 editions of the Miracle Mile, Tritton believes a modern day stat out weights them all…Suave Stuey Lombo’s record over 1609 metres. “When Lauren (Panella) has driven him over a mile at Menangle he has been pretty much unbeatable,” Tritton declared. “The only time he has been beaten over the mile for Lauren at the track was when he didn’t event take part on the race.” Panella has combined with Suave Stuey Lombo for nine wins from 10 starts over the mile at the world class venue, with the son of Bettors Delight galloping away from the mobile and taking no part in the race on the other occasion. Suave Stuey Lombo also boasts a 1:49.6 win at Menangle after racing in the ‘death seat’ last June. As for the seven-year-old’s wide draw, Tritton also has a stat to suggest the barrier draw isn’t a concern. Suave Stuey Lombo has drawn gate eight, but will slot into seven with the removal of the emergency. “He has always drawn six or worse for me at over a mile at Menangle and he still keeps winning,” Tritton said. “He’s proven he is capable of sitting in the ‘death’ and breaking 1:50 and he is ready to do it again. “He gets out of the gate quicker at Menangle and he’ll be sent forward again.” Given Suave Stuey Lombo’s preference for speed, Tritton hinted Smoken Up’s 1:48.5 Australasian record could be broken. “It will take a career best time from any of them to win this and he is ready to do that,” Tritton declared. “It is a strong field, but it will be hard to beat a horse running 1:49 or better, which is our logic going into it.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing superstar Beautide is has been installed an odds-on favourite to retain his Miracle Mile crown at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. With the draw for the SEW-Eurodrive sponsored event conducted just moments ago, TAB responded by cutting Beautide’s price to $1.75. Earlier this week the James Rattray-trained gelding was $2.60 on Fixed Odds markets. Drawn well in barrier three, Beautide is aiming to become just the seventh Miracle Mile winner to successfully defend his crown since the Group One’s inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny (’05-’06) and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. New Zealand star Christen Me is the second elect at $5 after receiving barrier four. A member of the Cran Dalgety stable, Christen Me was runner-up behind Beautide in last year’s edition of the Grand Circuit event. Christen Me is by 1998 Miracle Mile champion Christian Cullen, with no winner of the prestigious sprint producing a subsequent winner. On the opposite end of the scale, fellow Kiwi pacer, Terror To Love, is the rank outsider at $21 after drawing gate 10. The son of Western Terror slots into eight with the removal of the emergencies. Miracle Mile field in barrier order and TAB Fixed Odds: Easy On The Eye  $16 Avonova    $12 Beautide    $1.75 Christen Me    $5 For A Reason    $6.5 Chariot King   (2nd emerg) Guaranteed    $7.5 Suave Stuey Lombo    $12 Bettor Bet Black    (Emerg) Terror To Love    $21 PAUL COURTS

Noted speedster Suave Stuey Lombo has sealed his position in harness racing’s premier sprint – SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. The Shane Tritton-trained gelding joined Avonnova, Beautide, Christen Me, For A Reason and Terror To Love in the elite field with his victory in tonight’s Cordina Sprint at Menangle – home of the Miracle Mile. Selectors will announce the balance of the line-up for the November 29 showdown after assessing each contender’s prospects. As for Suave Stuey Lombo, he worked his way into the Grand Circuit event with a stylish display by leading throughout from barrier eight. Driven aggressively by Lauren Panella, Suave Stuey Lombo was pushed forward to wrestle the lead from Bettor Bet Black, which found the front from gate seven. Given a ‘breather’ during the middle stages, the son of Bettors Delight was never seriously challenged as he dashed to a soft win from Bettor Bet Black and Mark Dennis. “After he got to the front he did it pretty easily,” Tritton said. “It was a good blowout for next week’s main event.” With the final 800 metres run in a slick 54.8 seconds, Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:52. Boasting three of the four fastest race miles during the past six months, Suave Stuey Lombo is ready to run a personal best in the Miracle Mile according to Tritton. Last September Suave Stuey Lombo trialled in an astonishing 1:49.2, with his time the second fastest recorded in Australasia and the second occasion the seven-year-old has broken the magical 1:50 mark. Dual Miracle Mile winner, Smoken Up, became the first standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to better 1:50 when he captured the 2011 Len Smith Mile at Menangle. The son of Tinted Cloud set the benchmark with a brilliant 1:48.5 for trainer-driver, Lance Justice. Comeback pacer For A Reason stopped the clock at 1:49.4 last November, before Smoken Up did it again with his 1:49.9 three weeks later. Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:49.6 last June. “He is in perfect condition and will be primed and ready for next week,” Tritton declared. “I’m tipping which ever horse wins the Miracle Mile they will have to better 1:50. “It won’t be a surprise is Smoken Up’s record is broken.” PAUL COURTS

Two of Victoria’s harness racing stars will make their Western Australian debut at Gloucester Park tonight. Top flight mare Bellas Delight will contest the Norms Daughter Classic, with talented reinsman Zac Phillips to partner the multiple feature race winner. A member of the Kari Males stable, Bellas Delight has received the visitors’ draw, which will see her begin from the inside of the second row. Successful at her last two starts, the daughter of Bettors Delight has settled into well according to Phillips, who is looking forward to the campaign across the Nullarbor. “I’m really looking forward to competing in Perth,” Phillips said. “It’s an awkward draw, especially over the short trip, but she’s in top form and will do her best again. “She’s settled in well over there and her work during the week has been solid. “It is a strong field, but with a bit of luck she will be right in the finish.” A popular driver in his home state, Phillips, unlike most of his counterparts, entered the world of harness racing with no solid ties to the industry. Widely regarded as a family-based sport, harness racing typically breeds generation after generation of participants, who usually ‘get the breaks’ thanks to their successful relatives. So to forge a successful career in the ‘game’ with no ready-made background is always going to be difficult. Although his father Lucky, has “knocked around” with astute horseman Robbie O’Connell “since they were kids”, life in a stable wasn’t a ‘given’ for Phillips. After spending the majority of his teenage years in Queensland, Phillips returned to Melbourne where he soon discovered his passion and talent for driving. “I was born in Melbourne, but spent a lot of years growing up in Queensland,” Phillips said. “Up there I didn’t have anything to do with horses, but once we moved back to Victoria and I started to go to Robbie’s with Dad, I just caught the bug. “As soon as I got my trials licence and starting getting out on the track, I knew there nothing else for me. “Robbie was insistent I had plenty of trial drives before I went anywhere near the races. His advice proved spot on as it gave me plenty of ground work during those early days.” Despite his unorthodox beginning, Phillips has wasted no time proving he belonged among the top concession drivers in the state. Although he finished unceremoniously last upon debut, Phillips quickly found his way into the winners’ circle, scoring with the O’Connell-trained Driving Withtess at Bendigo on July 14, 2012. Since his initial victory, Phillips has cut a regular path to the number one stall to cement his place among the leading concession drivers. During his first year in the sulky, Phillips registered a half century, followed by 44 wins last term. Citing a Group One triumph as his ultimate high, Phillips would like to train a small team a few years down the track. “Like everyone, I’d like to win a Group One,” Phillips declared. “Other than that, I’ve got no real goals. I just love getting out there and driving as much as possible. “Maybe a long way down the track I might look at training, but for now, I just love driving and hopefully I can keep repaying the owners and trainers for their faith by driving winners.” PAUL COURTS

Outstanding pacer Beautide has reminded everyone why he is the nominal favourite for harness racing’s premier sprint – the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. The first invited to the November 29 showdown as the defending champion, Beautide had his final hit out before the Grand Circuit gem at the Menangle tonight. Contesting the Coca-Cola Sprint, the James Rattray-trained simply outstayed his rivals in a slick 1:50.4 for the 1609-metre trip. With Rattray in the cart, Beautide was caught four-deep early from barrier 10 before being eased forward to sit outside the pacemaker, Easy On The Eye. Overpowering the front runner at the top of the home straight, the son of Bettors Delight then staved off a late charge from rising star Guaranteed to score by two metres, with Easy On The Eye four metres away third. “He did an amazing job tonight,” Rattray said. “Hopefully he can continue this form throughout the Carnival.” Following his Miracle Mile engagement, Beautide is likely to be taken to Victoria for the Ballarat Cup on December 13. Beautide PAUL COURTS

It has been 18 years since Mark Purdon won the most prized race on the New Zealand harness racing calendar and you could see what the New Zealand Cup meant to the brilliant horseman when Adore Me got up in the last stride to grab this years race. He had a smile a mile wide on returning to scale and it was still there ten minutes later. Away well from her second line draw, Mark let her settle back in the running line before sending her forward in the three wide train behind outsider Pemberton Shard. Before then Ricky May on Terror To Love had got a lovely drag up from back in the field and grabbed the lead with a lap to go from the early leader Franco Nelson. Aussie raider For A Reason worked forward from the rear and made the death seat outside Terror To Love with 1000 metres to go. When Pemberton Shard started to tire from the 600 metres, Mark sent Adore Me four wide down the back straight before being three wide on the turn. As they straightened for home Terror To Love was soon under pressure both inside and outside with Franco Nelson grabbing the lead half way up the lane and then he was nabbed right on the line by Adore Me. For A Reason battled on valiantly for a close third with Terror To Love holding on for fourth. Adore Me paced the 3200 metres from a stand in a brilliant 3:54.6, a mile rate of 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 55.8 and 27.5 which was well inside the previous New Zealand record of 3:56.4 set by Changeover. Mark Purdon was effusive in his praise of the mare as he brought her back to the birdcage. "She is just a champion mare and showed everyone today how good she is. "I knew I had to get handy as the big dangers were up on the pace," he said. When told the time for the race he was a touch surprised. " It didn't feel like she was going that quick but it just shows what a great mare she is," he said. John Dunn and Franco Nelson did everything but win the Cup and John was thrilled with the run. " I got away well and got the lead easily enough and then got a lovely run behind Terror To Love. "Half way up the lane I thought I was on the winner but the mare got me in the last few strides, "I was thrilled with the run and so proud of my horse," he said. Luke McCarthy and For A Reason went enormous and Luke was thrilled with the run. " He kicked a stay just before the start and was slow away but went huge after that. "When they go that quick, to finish that close was a huge effort and I am so proud of my horse. "We will have to come back next year and try again," he said. Ricky May was happy enough with the run of Terror To Love. "He got round fairly easily so I pressed on to the front to give him every chance. "However he was hitting the stays after he got to the front and raced a bit keen after that which cost him a length. "I am really proud of his performance and don't think we could have done any more," he said With Scuse Me already having left the winner of the Sires Stakes Final for 3 year olds earlier in the day with Have Faith In Me,  with the win of Adore Me the outstanding broodmare has already got her hands firmly on this years broodmare excellence award. Adore Me was one of seven winners on the day for the all conquering All Stars barn and we have just about run out of superlatives for the blue and silver stars team. Harnesslink Media    

Anyone and everyone labeled Hughie Green the winner of this years Sires Stakes Final but everyone in harness racing knows that races are won on the track not off it. Hughie Green was coming off an amazing win at Auckland where he paced his last half in 53.3 in crushing his opposition that night. Forward two weeks and beautifully drawn at four today in the big early season race for 3 year olds, Hughie Green was sent out a $1:90 shot in a field full of talent. Out well early for driver Maurice McKendry, Hughie Green worked to the lead after 600 metres and was immediately attacked by the talented Art Union but Maurice held the lead. Going pass the 800 metres Blair Orange on Mighty Flying Major came out of the one by one and dished it up to Hughie Green down the back in 27.6 between the 800metres and quarter pole. As all this was happening Alta Orlando was progressing out three wide and ranged up three wide at the 400 metres mark with stablemates Have Faith In Me and Hug The Wind following him in the three wide line. Half way up the straight, Hughie Green was under pressure from Have Faith In Me and then suddenly Hughie Green ducked inwards and jumped a track marker when Maurice hit him with the whip and landed in the infield, losing all chance. Have Faith In Me carried on for a meritorous win from his stablemates Hug The Wind and Alta Orlando who made up an All Stars trifecta. Have Faith In Me paced the 1950 metres in 2:17.3, a mile rate of 1:53.3 with closing sectionals of 55.3 and 27.7 which took a full second off the previous New Zealand record held by Stunnin Cullen. A $50,000 purchase at the 2013 Australasian sales, Have Faith In Me is raced by the Dunfords who also race Hands Christian from the All Stars barn. The All Stars Racing Stables are always the benchmark for training establishments in New Zealand and todays results are just further confirmation of how good they are. Harnesslink Media    

Team Tritton is set to launch a strong attack on Saturday night’s harness racing meeting at Newcastle. Trainer Shane Tritton has 14 representatives and an emergency engaged in seven of the eight races on the program. Tritton’s primary target is the evening’s main event – the Newcastle Mile – in which the premier mentor has four starters. Tritton also has Lombo Toscannini on standby as the emergency in the Group Two. In-form speedster Suave Stuey Lombo heads the team, with rising star Marty Monkhouser the ‘prince in waiting.’ Trittong also has Laterron and Shipwreck in the 1609-metre dash. Winner of his last three starts, having also trialled in 1:49.2, Suave Stuey Lombo has drawn awkwardly in barrier 10, but will begin from nine with the removal of the emergency. Despite the wide gate, Tritton remains confident the son of Bettors Delight is the one to beat. In fact, Tritton declared Suave Stuey Lombo is ready to break Beautide’s 1:52.6 track record established in last season’s edition of the prestigious event. “He is flying at the moment and is still the one to beat regardless of the draw,” Tritton said. “Avonnova is likely to find the lead first from nine, but I’m more than happy to sit outside him and still run 1:50. “We’ve had this race picked out for Stuey for a long time and he is in perfect condition for this. “The winner will have to go close to 1:50, whether it’s Stuey or any other horse in the field.” Kept fresh following his disappointing hit and run mission to Queensland a fortnight ago, Marty Monkhouser is expected to be a big improver. The son of Village Jasper was first-up from a spell when unplaced in the Queensland Pacing Championship won by For A Reason. Marty Monkhouser has drawn to settle forward from barrier three. “Might as well forget he went to Queensland as he never got a crack at them and only really followed them around,” Tritton said. “His work since has been tremendous and he is in absolute prime condition for this. “He loves racing fresh, and from the draw, will be in this for a long way. “Laterron and Shipwreck will need a few breaks go there way, but under the right conditions they are capable of winning.” PAUL COURTS

Star pacer Beautide has been given a ‘green light’ to engage in the first of his harness racing title defences. Following the millionaire’s success at Menangle last night, New South Wales Harness Racing Club officials issued Beautide with the initial invite to the prestigious Miracle Mile. As such the son of Bettors Delight will defend the first major crown he captured last season. Australasia’s premier speed test, the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile is scheduled to be run at Menangle on November 29. Thrilled with the early invite, trainer James Rattray remains confident Beautide can become the seventh pacer to secure consecutive Miracle Miles despite some critics questioning his form after his first two runs from a spell netted a third and fourth. Beautide cast aside any doubt over his “bubble” when he stopped the clock in 1:50.7 over 1609 metres to defeat Chariot King and Seel N Print. In what could be an omen for Rattray, this year’s Miracle Mile marks the 10th and 20th anniversaries of Sokyola and Chokin’s successful title defences. After scoring in 1993, Chokin returned to capture the 1994 edition, with Sokyola repeating the dose in 2003 and ’04. The pair are members of the ‘Super Six’ which have completed consecutive victories in the Grand Circuit gem since its inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westburn Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, with Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Good Johnny and Smoken Up (’10-’11) also part of the crew. Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. “With them winning in 1993 and ’94 and 2003 and ’04, hopefully we can do it in 2013 and ’14,” Rattray said. “It could be an omen.” Following his Miracle Mile defence, Beautide will be aimed at the popular Ballarat Cup on December 13, with the Bendigo and Victoria Cups in January also on the agenda. “I am giving serious thought to the Ballarat Cup a couple of weeks after the Miracle Mile,” Rattray said. “The Bendigo Cup is three weeks later, with the Victoria Cup a fortnight after that and the Inter Dominion heats a fortnight after that, so it all fits in nicely.” The Inter Dominion is the second major title Beautide will be out to defend, having accounted for Seel N Print and For A Reason in last season’s Final. PAUL COURTS

Trainer James Rattray is contemplating a trip north for the beginning of the harness racing Grand Circuit with stable star Beautide. Originally stating he will restrict the reigning Australian Horse of the Year to New South Wales-based targets, Rattray is considering tackling the Queensland Pacing Championship on October 25. At this stage, Rattray is “50-50” on a Sunshine State campaign with the Inter Dominion winner. “I'm still undecided on which way I am going to go, but the trip to Queensland is now 50-50 after last Saturday night (when fourth at Menangle),” Rattray said. “I was happy with his performance on the weekend, it was only his second run back and it hasn’t knocked him around.” Whether he crosses the border remains to be seen, however, Beautide is a certainty to tackle the Miracle Mile as the son of Bettors Delight aims to join an elite fraternity. Should the gelding successfully defend his title he will become just the seventh pacer to secure consecutive Miracle Miles since its inauguration in 1967 when captured by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (199, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. PAUL COURTS

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