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Tasmania’s Beautide favoured to defend Miracle Mile title

Tasmanian Beautide wins the Miracle Mile in record time for James Rattray in 2013. HARNESS RACING

It took a race record one minute and 50.2 seconds for Beautide to stamp his name in the Miracle Mile history books in 2013. A year on and the Tasmanian star looks poised to propel his name into legendary status.

A raging $1.70 favourite with TAB Sportsbet to win Saturday’s Group 1 feature at Menangle, Beautide is on the cusp of joining an illustrious group of back-to-back Miracle Mile champions.

“There is not many who have done it. We are just over the moon with what he has accomplished so if he managed to do that it would be incredible,” trainer-driver James Rattray said.

“Fingers crossed, if everything stays good he can continue racing at this level for quite a while.”

Rather than fade into the night, Beautide’s star has continued to rise since winning the Miracle Mile a year ago.

A dominant Interdominion triumph in March saw the champion become the first horse since Smooth Satin in 2001-02 to hold both crowns.

With another two Group 1’s put in his armoury since then, Rattray suspects his 2014 Miracle Mile performance could be even better again.

“Last year it was his first ever Grand Circuit race and he has had a season under his belt racing those better ones. I think he has got strong because of it, a bit tougher,” he said.

“He is probably [in a better position to win the race]. He seems really good and I have been happy with him the last month. Everything is on target.”

While his form is impeccable – he won a Group 1 over the mile just two weeks ago – Rattray knows there is still a lot of intangibles when racing at the top.

“You still need a bit of racing luck and things to go your way,” he said.

“He should run a good race and hopefully be there in the finish. It is hard to say how the race will be run.”

The market suggests Beautide’s main dangers will come from Christen Me ($4.20), For A Reason ($7.50) and Guaranteed ($10) and Rattray couldn’t help but agree that they were the main dangers in his quest for the double.

The trainer-driver will again be accompanied by a raft of support from across the Bass Straight.

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