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Trainer Bruce Negus continued his fine run of form on Tuesday at Gore when he prepared two winners, including The Shakey Mistress who set a new track record for the 1700 metre journey when winning emphatically in a time of  2-03.9 (1-57.3). Driven by Nathan Williamson, The Shakey Mistress was sent straight to the front where she set a solid tempo before leaving her opposition standing down the back straight and careering away to win by 11 & ¾ lenghts over stablemate Highland Reign. “I’m not sure if she will still be sound in six months time so I told Nathan (Williamson) to have a crack at a good time, as the field didn’t look strong and it was such a nice day,” explained Negus. “She is a very nice filly and if we keep her sound I think she will be good enough to race in some of the classics later on in the season,” he added. The Shakey Mistress is one of few foals by talented but unfertile stallion Pay Me Christian who now serves a limited book naturally in Australia. “Atleast now if she does go a miss she will be a worthwhile broodmare seeing as she has such a good time next to her name,” said Negus. “She is a very tough filly who had no right to stick on for second last weekend at Geraldine,” he added. The Shakey Mistress is just one of a few more than handy types Negus is currently working. “Music is a nice horse who is shooting for three from three tomorrow and I think Quick As A Trick who won the Graduation race on Show Day is the real deal,” he enthused By Mitchell Robertson

LEADING Tasmanian trainer Barrie Rattray admits that life at the moment could not be any better- as far as the horses are concerned. Rattray has been sidelined through injury after falling from the cart during trackwork with broken ribs the result but as always he was back directing traffic on the training track today. But if he needs sparking up he just has to think about his star pacer Beautide that guaranteed himself a start in the $750,000 Group 1 Miracle Mile at Menangle on Saturday fortnight by winning the Newcastle Mile last Saturday night. Beautide won the Newcastle Mile in track record time (1.52.6), eclipsing the previous best of 1.52.8 set by Pay Me Christian in 2006 and that horse went on to finish fourth in the Miracle Mile at his next start. Rattray has always had a huge opinion of Beautide. he told this writer after the gelding won his first 3YO race in Hobart that he could be the best he has ever trained. Beautide is now in the care of Rattray's son James who has established stables at Cobbitty near Menangle in NSW. In what is a sort of satellite stable arrangement Barrie send his elite horses to James with the plan to rotate them throughout the year. Sending Beautide to Sydney was one of the best decisions Barrie has ever made. "Since he has been in NW he has gone to a new level. "It is a combination of a few things but primarily he has never been more sound, he has thrived on the constant level of tough racing and James and Fia (James' partner Sofia Svensson) are doing a brilliant job with his training up there," Rattray said. "I have only ever been disappointed in Beautide's performances twice in his entire racing career and every other time he hasn't performed up to other's expectations there have been legitimate reasons." "What this horse has done in NSW is brilliant and we couldn't be more pleased with how everything has panned out so far," he said. Beautide is likely to have a trial a week before the Miracle Mile just to tune him up for the big race. "To be honest we are a bit disappointed there aren't any suitable races for him to contest between now and the Miracle Mile so we might have to settle for a trial," he said. Beautide was bred by Rattray at the family's Karalta Pacing Stables. he is by Bettors Delight from Rattray's star broodmare Gorse Bush (x Ticket To Heaven). The five-year-old gelding has won 34 of his 56 starts with 14 minor placings. Peter Staples

STAR Tasmanian pacer breezed his way into the Miracle Mile field with a track-record breaking win in the $75,000 Group 2 Newcastle Mile (1609m) last night. Beautide clocked a mile rate of 1m.52.6 seconds that bettered the previous best of 1.52.8 set by Pay Me Christian in November 2006. Despite having won five races in succession already this season he needed to win the race to be guaranteed a berth in the most prestigious Group 1 sprint race in Australasia to be run at Menangle on November 30 and carrying a purse of $750,000. Beautide went into last night's race having won his past five in succession and was backed in to start the $2.10 favourite. With his trainer James Rattray in the sulky, Beautide had a battle for the lead with the in-form mach Beauty but Rattray had to hand up and opted for the trail on the leader's back. They slipped along in quick time for the first half in 55.6 seconds and when Abettorpunt moved three-wide to improve Rattray eased his charge off the fence to go up and face the breeze to ensure he wasn't caught in a pocket. When the tempo lifter 400 metres out Rattray gave Beautide more rein and he sped clear and left his rivals in his wake. he hit the line 8-1/2 metres clear of Abettorpunt with Mach Beauty hanging on for third seven metres away and just in advance of Mister Presley. Beautide is owned by top Tasmanian trainer-breeder Barrie Rattray and the Rattray Family Trust. Beautide was trained for most of his racing career by Barrie but has recently been transferred into the care of his son James who has just set up stables at Cobbitty, near Menangle, where he will prepare a small team initially comprising of horse's from his father's stable in Tasmania. The intent is to expand the operation and given his success with Beautide and others he has sent to the races recently he is bound to secure outside drives from top stables as well as secure horses from prominent NSW owners. Peter Staples

The Leigh Plunkett Foundation dinner at Penrith Paceway is just a fortnight away (October 3) and HRNSW is pleased to announce that a set of framed Smoken Up silks will be auctioned off at the function. Signed by Lance Justice, the frame has a pair of Smoken Up's shoes along with a feature photo from his world record 1:48.5 in the Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle in 2011. Furthermore a stallion service to 2007 NZ Derby winner Pay Me Christian has been donated by Kriden Park's Rod Smith and will be auctioned on eBay. Some of the items that will be auctioned on the evening include; Framed Kingston Town print signed by Malcolm Johnston Framed Manchester United jersey signed by Wayne Rooney Framed and signed 2013 Panthers Jersey Mini Lexus Children's Car Framed 1960 Inter Dominion Print - Caduceus Framed Cricket Bat signed by Don Bradman. In addition there is memorabilia from The Beatles, Elvis, John Wayne, Ned Kelly, Pink and Mohammed Ali just to name a few. To purchase tickets for this wonderful evening or make enquiries on auction items please call Kate Dumesny on 9722 6600. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

Dear Harness Racing Fan, Don't forget a big night out is planned for the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Dinner at Penrith Paceway on October 3 with Miracle Malcolm Johnston as Guest Speaker. Book your tickets now to support the Leukaemia Foundation and an industry scholarship; $100 each or $950 for a table of ten. Ring 9722 6600 to book. Some of the items that will be auctioned on the evening include; Framed Smoken Up silks signed by Lance Justice Framed Kingston Town print signed by Malcolm Johnston Framed Manchester Untited jersey signed by Wayne Rooney Framed and signed 2013 Panthers Jersey Mini Lexus Childrens Car Framed 1960 Inter Dominion Print - Caduceus Framed Cricket Bat signed by Don Bradman. Stallion service to Pay Me Christian Hawkesbury Scenic Helicopter Flight In addition there is memorabilia from The Beatles, Elvis, John Wayne, Ned Kelly, Pink and Mohammed Ali just to name a few. Book your tickets now which includes full hospitality. Please call Kate Dumesny on (02) 9722 6600. Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales  

Up-and-coming harness racing star Mach Alert sealed his invite to the $750,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile with a decisive win in the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

It’s a long way from Ashburton to Australia for a two-year-old pacer but that’s the task for Arma Augustus when he debuts in the $20,000 Benstud Standardbreds Youthful Stakes at Tabcorp Park Friday night.

Pay Me Christian's first starter is now a two-year-old winner. The Michael Cunningham trained Ares today (Thursday January 17) got his sire off to the best possible start by winning the $10,000 2yo Kina Craig Stud mobile pace on debut at Ascot Park.

One of the fastest horses in Australasia made a surprise appearance at the Motukarara workouts yesterday. You'd never have known it by the way he looked, but one time superstar Pay Me Christian had not seen a racetrack for two years and seven months.

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