Beautide to press on

By Adam Hamilton

Dual Inter Dominion champ Beautide is staying in work.

Trainer-driver James Rattray confirmed the $102,000 Group 1 Len Smith Mile at Menangle on April 26 was a definite target.

And, longer term, he scoffed at talk he was only “luke warm” on the Perth Inter Dominion in November/December.

“He’s come through Sunday’s race superbly. He’s had a quiet time since and will keep doing so for another week or so, then I’ll step his work up again,” Rattray said.

“The plan is to give him a couple of lead-up runs before the Len Smith, first of them late this month or early April.

“Last Sunday’s run was only his 10th start since winning the Inter final the previous year. He’s had a pretty light season so far.”

Beautide will then be spelled after the Len Smith – a race he won last year - with a definite view to an Inter Dominion three-peat in Perth.

“I’m not sure where that talk came from about Perth … he’ll be going there for sure,” Rattray said. “The prizemoney is fantastic and the idea of four runs in two weeks really excites me with this guy. He’ll thrive on it.”

As much as the spacious 1400m track seems made for Beautide, Rattray said Gloucester Park’s half-mile circuit held no fears.

“He’ll get around it fine. He started his career in Tassie and raced on smaller, tighter tracks a few times,” he said.

“I’m told Gloucester Park is a ripping half-mile track with good bends, so that’s enough for me.

“He got around Newcastle is great style and the drivers tell me the turns at Gloucester Park are better than Newcastle.”

Rattray said his next challenge was to plot a lead-up campaign ahead of the Perth series.

“Unless they change the handicapping system in NSW, he’s going to be handicapped out of the free-for-alls every week, so I will have to look elsewhere,” he said.

“I’m thinking seriously about all those good races they have in Queensland around October.”

Rattray ruled-out an NZ Cup raid in November.

“It’s a bit close to the Inter Dominion and it’s a long way to go if he missed away from the standing-start,” he said.

“He’s had stepped-away OK from the stand before, but he’s a bit hit and miss so I wouldn’t take the chance.”

Asked whether he thought Beautide was more impressive in his first or second Inter Dominion win, Rattray said: “The second … it felt easier. He won by 14m and I never had a moment of concern.”