Beautide (pictured), a son of Bettor's Delight, became the first horse in 15 years to win both the Miracle Mile and the $750,000 (Aus.) Inter Dominion when he captured the Inter Dominion on Sunday at the Tabcorp Park Menangle track north of Sydney. Despite three days of rain and early morning showers, the track was fast for the Inter Dominion and Beautide also set a world record for the 3,009 meters (1.86 miles).
As expected, the Mach Three mare Mach Beauty was a fast starter and had the lead before reaching the first turn of the seven-eighths mile oval, but she was quickly joined by Keeyang Cullen. Those two battled briefly before Keeyang Cullen took a seat.
Heading into the backstretch the first round, the 14-horse field settled into two tiers, with Mach Three setting the pace after a :26.5 opening split. Beautide was positioned in a perfect third-over spot by James Rattray. When Rattray decided to go three wide in front of the grandstand, he flushed top contender Smolda, trained and driven by Mark Purdon.
Smolda took the lead and left Beautide uncovered, but it didn't matter. Beautide brushed past Smolda in the homestretch and then held off the McCarthy stablemates Seel N Print NZ (driven by Todd McCarthy) and For A Reason (Luke McCarthy). The mile rate time was 1:55.5, with a :27.1 closing quarter.
"If this is not the best than I don't know what is...whatever it is, it's going to be hard to top,” said owner Barrie Rattray after he witnessed his son James drive their horse Beautide to victory.
Beautide is the first horse to win the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dominion in the same season since Our Sir Vancelot, who won three Inter Dominions from 1997 to 1999 and won the Miracle Mile in 1997.
Also on the big Inter Dominion card, Guaranteed, a 4-year-old son of Artsplace who was conceived with frozen semen that remained in Australia after the great sire died, set an Austrasian mile rate record of 1:50.4 when he won the $200,000 Form 700 Chariots Of Fire. (with files from New South Wales Harness Racing Club)