Impressive Timaru winner Field Marshal may now set his sights on the rich Australasian Breeders Crown Series.
“He has missed the chance to qualify for the Sires Stakes and Harness Jewels, so if he is still going well by the time the ABC heat at Addington in July roles around we will have a crack,” said driver Anthony Butt.
“But if we aren’t completely happy with him he will head to the paddock. He has grown a lot lately and you would think he would be better next season,” he added.
Field Marshal led the whole way from his ace barrier draw to win comprehensively by three quarters of a length over Nevertheless. His last half was recorded in a tidy 56.1.
“He actually jogged it,” said Butt. “He was just goofing around and waiting for them, but every time a horse came near him he kicked again,” he added.
Field Marshal was installed as $1.50 favourite despite his disappointing debut in the Welcome Stakes.
“He was crook in the Welcome Stakes but his trial form had been absolutely super,” explained Butt. “He beat It Bettor To Win at the trials on Tuesday and came his last quarter in 25.7,” he added.
Field Marshal, who is owned by Syd Brown and Mrs S Brown, is a handsome son of Art Major and superstar mare Foreal.
“Syd is a very good owner, so it is great to have another nice horse for him,” enthused Butt.
Meanwhile, reinswoman Amber Lethaby enjoyed success in the Invited Lady Drivers races, finishing second with Classiegent and winning aboard the Terry and Glenys Chmiel trained Franco Revel, who downed Smoken Roman, who was driven by Glenys Chmiel.
By Mitchell Robertson