Longford trainer-driver Todd Rattray added his name to an illustrious honour role when he partnered seven-year-old gelding Pachacuti to victory in Sunday night’s Group 3 Ranvet Easter Cup at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston.
Rattray got Pachacuti away safely from his handicap and moved around to the field three wide at the 2000-metre mark but it took him till the 1500-metre mark to occupy the death seat position. “Once I got around there (to the death seat) I thought it would be hard for them to run him down,” said winning trainer-driver Todd Rattray.
Pachacuti always looked to be traveling during the fast last half of 57.7 seconds and when Rattray asked the gelded son of Bettors Delight for more effort over the concluding stages the pacer kept on delivering to win the race by 2.8 metres over the Juanita McKenzie-trained duo Isaac.
Todd Rattray now joins his father Barrie (four-time winner) on the honour role of the Easter Cup: “It means a lot I have always wanted to win this race, now I have done it I can’t believe it,” Todd Rattray said.
The 26-year-old trainer suggested that Pachacuti will now head to Sydney to continue his preparation and is hopeful that he can take the winner of over $300,000 himself rather than sending him to his older brother James.
Part-owner Lyndon Dakin, speaking on behalf of himself and fellow part-owner Simon Dakin, was wrapped with Pachacuti’s performance “Off 40 metres was a tough ask and to break a track record under those conditions is something I’ll look back on and digest and think was it possible, well obviously it was,” Dakin said
Lyndon and Simon also bred the horse and Lyndon was also full of praise for all of the Rattray family who he has great success with over a long period of time. “They are a great family, they have looked after us through thick and thin and we are pretty tight and they are a very professional crew and hopefully we can keep breeding horses and they can keep training them for us,” the winning owner said.
The mile rate off the 40 metres was 1 minute 59.6 seconds which broke the previous track record of 2 minutes which was shared by Ohoka Utah and Star Chamber.
Watch trainer-driver Todd Rattray after winning the Group 3 Easter Cup