Winning Trial By Beautide

By Adam Hamilton

JIMMY Rattray is getting back on the bike.

And his champ Beautide is ready to pick up where he left off.

Rattray gave his dual Inter Dominion winner just a week off after winning his second final at Menangle on March 1.

Rattray and his mighty pacer were back at the trials yesterday and doing what they do best - winning.

"It couldn't have turned out better. He had a good, strong run without having to be extended," Rattray said.

"And they went 1min54.7sec for the mile, which on a wet, slow track was really pleasing."

Rattray pushed forward from a wide draw (gate seven) and was quickly outside the leader, Matty Chrimes, before dropping onto his back for a trail.

Matty Chrimes went a 60.4sec first half then quickened from the 800-400m in 27.7sec.

Rattray peeled-off the leader's back at the 400m and let Beautide him the line under his own steam to win by a neck from Group 1 winning mare Majorly Foxy Styx with Matty Chrimes third.

"I just kept his mind on the job and he finished off in a 27.6sec," Rattray said.

"He felt great and came through it really well. He's ready to go again now."

Beautide returns to the races over a mile at Menangle on Saturday week.

Then comes the $100,000 Group 1 Len Smith Mile - race Beautide won last year - at Menangle on Sunday, April 26.

Rattray admits he has no concrete plans beyond the Len Smith.

"We'll get through that one and then decide what to do or where to go," he said "If they don't change the handicapping system here (NSW) then I'll have to look elsewhere and that'll probably be the Queensland winter races."