Media Release 20 November 2013
One lucky person attending a harness racing meeting in Tasmania at the weekend will win a package for two people to attend the Miracle Mile at Menangle (NSW) on Saturday night (30 November) where Beautide will attempt to become the first Tasmanian winner since Halwes in 1968. The promotion is a joint venture between the Tasmanian Pacing Club (TPC), Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) and Tasracing. Any person (conditions apply) attending the LPC meeting on Friday night or the TPC Sunday twilight meeting will receive a free entry form with the winner being drawn after race seven at Hobart on Sunday. The package is valued at $1,200 and includes airfares, accommodation, car hire and race night hospitality at the Miracle Mile.
LPC chairman Joel Wallace said the joint promotion was an excellent example of how the industry was working together to raise awareness of the quality of Tasmanian harness racing. “The initiative, combined with free admission for Friday night’s meeting, should result in a good crowd at the first of our four Friday night meetings for this season,” he said.
TPC CEO John Devereux highlighted Beautide’s affinity with the Hobart circuit. “Beautide holds the 2090 track record (1:57.7) and his three open class feature race wins in Tasmania were at Hobart,” he said. “An added bonus for patrons on Sunday night is the Tasmanian Wakeful Club Cannonball Charge (Race 5) where our best open class pacers will commence their preparation for the $40,000 Light Harness Tasmania Cup on 22 December.”
Tasracing CEO Eliot Forbes praised the performances of Tasmanian pacers over recent times. “Beautide is the pin up horse of Tasmanian harness racing and is an excellent advertisement for local breeding and racing,” he said. “However, Beautide is not an isolated example as, over the past 17 months, Hugo Play, Better Draw, Pachacuti, Laterron, Saab Quality, Left Loaded, Our Chain of Command and Our Sir Jeckyl and others have also performed well in quality interstate races.”
Beautide is owned and trained by the Rattray family from Longford. The six-year-old gelding has always demonstrated above average ability and left Tasmania in June this year with a record of 26 wins and 10 placings from 43 starts. He has continued to improve with eight wins and four placings from 13 New South Wales starts. Beautide has won his last six starts and qualified for the $750,000 Miracle Mile by winning the $75,000 Newcastle Mile on 9 November.
The Miracle Mile is the equal richest harness race in Australasia along with the Inter Dominion.
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