Champion New Zealand trainer Tim Butt will look to give his horses the best possible opportunities over the next few months by setting up a ‘satellite stable’ in New South Wales.
The maroon and white raid will start next week, with smart pacer Pass Them By and speedy trotter Thanesan booked to head across the Tasman.
Once there, the pair will be joined on course at Menangle by My Temudjin and Mac The Finn, who are already waiting patiently in New South Wales.
“I will head across next week to help set up, before returning to New Zealand for Cup week,” said Butt.
During Butt’s week of absence the team will be left in the hands of new stable employee James Hornbrook, who will be helping Butt during his Australian assault.
The Butt team will race in New South Wales until the end of November, which takes in all of the Miracle Mile carnival, before the show heads to Victoria for meetings such as Victoria and Hunter Cup day.
Butt himself will be in Australia for a period of at least a few months with a team which is likely to include Mah Sish, Elusive Chick, Madiba Magic, Vulcan, and possibly Choice Achiever.
“We are hoping to set up a permanent stable in New South Wales once the new Menangle stable complex is built,” said Butt. “The money and racing opportunities are just too good over there to be ignored,” he stressed. “For instance, I think there are about three suitable $100,000 races coming up for Pass Them By,” he enthused.
Yesterday’s Ashburton Trotters’ Flying Mile winner Peak is another that, all going well, the Aussies will get to see a lot of.
“We plan to race him in the Trans-Tasman Challenge on Interdominion Final Day before following a similar routine to what Vulcan did last year, and heading on to the Great Southern Star.
So, if you couldn’t keep up with all that - The Butt team will race in New South Wales until the end of November before heading to Victoria for the months of December and January. They will then return to their ‘satellite stable’ to prepare for the Interdominion carnival in March – And all this while still racing horses in New Zealand, wow.
Butt has had great success doing these ‘summer raids’ over the last few years and has won 50 Grand Circuit races to date. So there is no doubt this one will be another that is highly successful.
He may also look to take outside horses to New South Wales on 50/50 deals, so if you have a horse with ability that you think would suit Australia, don’t hold back on contacting him.
By Mitchell Robertson