Rattray targets Carrick, Menangle

IT CERTAINLY won't be his main target this weekend, but leading trainer Barrie Rattray could win his first Carrick Cup for 20 years at tomorrow's centenary meeting.

He will be represented by in-form four-year-old Devendra, a winner of three of his past four starts including the Burnie Cup.

But Rattray's main focus will come about an hour later when his family's top pacer, Beautide, contests a heat of the Interdominion at Menangle.

Beautide has drawn wide in barrier seven but Rattray is not unduly concerned as "his main dangers are outside him".

The six-year-old will be trying to clinch a place in the $750,000 final to run at the same venue on Sunday fortnight.

Rattray's last Carrick Cup win came in 1994 when Malabar scored by a half- neck from Sparkling Hanover and Yeltorado.

The trainer had also won the race the previous year with Anchor Man.

Devendra, a winner of nine races from only 27 starts, will have to overcome a 10-metre handicap but backmarkers have a good record on the big track.

Friday Lunch won from the 20m mark last year.

The record for the metric era is held by What A Muck Up, who overcame a 50m handicap in 1996.

Tomorrow's nine-race twilight meeting, starting at 3.35pm, also features the Tasmanian Country 3YO Championship where the unusually named Ramplestiltskin is a warm favourite.

The Rohan Hillier-trained colt finished only seven metres behind unbeaten three-year-old Resurgent Spirit in Hobart two starts ago before an easy win in moderate company at Devonport 18 days ago.

The non-Sky meeting will have only on-course tote betting but punters will be well served, as four bookmakers are expected to field.

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