STAR Tasmanian pacer Beautide returned to his brilliant best with an effortless win in the $30,000 Nick Robin Free-For-All over 1609 metres at Menangle last night.
Beautide was having only his third start this preparation but made it look easy as he circumnavigated the field after travelling about 600 metres to roll to the front.
With punters pinning their hopes on last season’s Australian horse of the year the James Rattray-trained gelding never let them down by strolling to an 8-1/2 metre win over Chariot King with Seel N Print almost two metres astern.
Beautide clocked a mile rate of 1m.50.7s and rattled off a scintillating last quarter (400m) of 26.6 seconds.
The win earned Beautide the first invitation into the Miracle Mile to be run at Menangle on November 29.
“We have got the invitation into this year’s Miracle Mile now so we can relax and pick and choose where we run next,” Rattray said.
Beautide was clearly Australasia’s best pacer last season winning the Miracle Mile and Inter-Dominion as well as emerging triumphant in the Group 1 Len Smith Mile to end what was an incredible season for the Tasmanian-owned and bred gelding.
Beautide has career earnings of $1.343 million in stakes of which $1.119 million of that was amassed last season.
Listen to what trainer James Rattray had to say about Beautide and his race plans in the coming month.