Beautide set to return

By Adam Hamilton – Twitter: @AdamTABSports

Dual Inter Dominion champ Beautide is close to a racetrack return.

Trainer James Rattray said the gelding would trial at Menangle next week.

“Then he’ll have one lead-up run ahead of the Len Smith,” Rattray said.

That race is a 1609m free-for-all at Menangle’s Tabcorp Park on April 11 – 15 days before the $100,000 Group 1 Len Smith Mile at the same track.

“He only had a week or so off after the Inter Dominion, so he didn’t lose much fitness,” Rattray said.

“It was really a freshen-up and now it’s about sharpening him up again for the Len Smith.”

Although Beautide pushed on from the Inter Dominion to win last year’s Len Smith Mile, Rattray said the circumstances were different this time.

“He’s not had much racing at all over the past 12 months, especially this campaign,” he said.

“It’s also a different sort of year with the next Inter Dominion starting in November.”

Rattray said he “quite some thinking to do” after the Len Smith.

“Last year it was easy to just put him away and bring him back for the Miracle Mile, but things are different this time,” he said.

“I am looking seriously after going to the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

“He could have another little break after the Len Smith then go to Brisbane and then have another break before I get him ready for Perth.

Queensland officials will be getting excited with the prospect of Beautide, For A Reason and possibly Guaranteed heading north for races like the $100,000 Group 1 Sunshine Sprint on July 4 and the $125,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake on July 18.

Meanwhile, Rattray snared a win with one of the rising talents of his barn when Roger Jamjet dug deep to win narrowly but impressively at Menangle last Friday night.

The four-year-old burned out in a 26.8sec opening quarter and found plenty when challenged late to win by a head in a 1min53.9sec mile.