When it comes to racing at the scenic South Bay Course, no one has a better strike rate than Bob Butt.
The 24-year-old trainer-driver had his third drive on the course yesterday, and once again duly delivered, reining the John Parsons trained Clarisa to an effortless 2 & ½ length debut win.
The win comes two years after Bob Butt combined with John Parsons for a double back in 2010, where he won with both Chaff Muncha and Artiface, giving him a perfect three-from-three record at Kaikoura.
“John and Karen (Parsons) do a great job, and have been good to me over the years,” said Butt. “I’ve got the easy part,” he added.
Bob Butt said that Clarisa, who is a Mach Three full-sister to Artiface among others, is a nice horse, but still has a wee way to go if she wants to be as good as her brother and Chaff Muncha.
“She is definitely capable of winning a few races at short notice though,” said Butt.
As well as a good strike-rate at Kaikoura, Butt is also developing a good UDR as a trainer this season, having had just three starters to the races for a win and two placings.
Meanwhile, northern raider Boizel set a new New Zealand 2400m standing start record when winning the feature trot at Kaikoura in a time of 3-01.0.
Driven to perfection by Dexter Dunn, Boizel sat off the hot tempo, before dive-bombing Stent in the shadows of the post.
By Mitchell Robertson