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    Is this the next Beautide? Is this the next Beautide?

    IGNATIUS - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    JAMES RATTRAY can only smile at the thought . . . could he be as good as Beautide? Rattray’s superstar three-year-old Ignatius had just... Is this the next Beautide?

    JAMES RATTRAY can only smile at the thought . . . could he be as good as Beautide?

    Rattray’s superstar three-year-old Ignatius had just blown away his rivals in the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final.

    Taking his record to 14 wins from 15 starts, the son of Roll With Joe thrashed his rivals with a 1:51.3 mile to score by 12 metres from Picard, with Mackeral a metre way third.

    The first challenge for Ignatius occurred when the starter said “go.”

    As predicted, Todd McCarthy and Picard had a dip for the lead and for a fleeting moment looked as if they might actually cross before Rattray got serious and Ignatius held him out before they reached the first corner.

    Realistically the race was as good as over there and then as Rattray was able to dictate terms to suit, after the 27.1-second opening split he backed off the speed with a 29.8 sectional leaving plenty of petrol in the tank for the dash home.

    Ignatius then zoomed home to win as he liked with a 54.4-second last half.

    Picard did it tough and did well to hang on for second, although nothing could be taken away from the winner, which just might turn out to be as good as the Rattray family’s champion predecessor Beautide, a winner of two Inter Dominions and a Miracle Mile.

    That might be a big pair of shoes to fill – but at least Ignatius is trying them on for size!

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