Day At The Track

Great drive takes Vulcan over the million mark

11:40 AM 03 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Vulcan - Joined the select $1,000,000 club at Omakau yesterday
Vulcan - Joined the select $1,000,000 club at Omakau yesterday
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Vulcan

It is not very often that the harness racing enthusiasts in Central Otago get to see a million dollar winner but it happened yesterday when the old warrior Vulcan won the FFA mobile trot at Omakau Raceway in Central Otago.

The eight year old son of Earl looked to be coming to the end of his career a few starts ago but since being leased by Roddy Butt after Cup Week in November, Vulcan has got a new lease on life.

Stabled at David and Catherines Butt's property at Woodend, Vulcan has responded to the beach training and his win two starts ago at Addington in a tick outside the New Zealand record showed he was back on track.

A creditable fourth at Ashburton on Boxing Day after being the lone back marker on 30 metres, Vulcan looked much better placed today under the mobile start conditions.

Regular driver Bob Butt gave Vulcan out as his horse to follow in the pre Xmas ringaround as he thought he was hitting top form

Drawing the outside barrier under the preferential draw system,  Bob  sent Vulcan forward from the start and he worked to the lead after 400 metres.

Attacked by the inform Alley Way and Matthew Williamson shortly after, Bob took a trail with Vulcan in what would prove to be the winning move.

Alley Way kept up a steady tempo and led for home but was quickly claimed by Vulcan up the passing lane who went on for a comfortable 1 3/4 length victory over a solidly finishing Saratota with Alley Way holding third.

It was Vulcan's 20th career win and more importantly took Vulcan over the $1,000,000 threshhold in career earnings.

Considering the significance of the win Bob gave a rather subdued whip flourish as he hit the line.

"I don't like to get too carried away with things like that but I was rapt the old fella had won and cracked the million."

"Jenny Butt (part owner) was there which made it that bit more special"

"On paper he looked a bit good for them really and I expected him to be hard to beat," Bob told Harnesslink this morning.

A lot of pundits thought Vulcan had gone just okay at Ashburton at his previous run but Bob thought the run had plenty of merit.

" He was the lone backmarker on 30 metres and was chasing the whole way."

"He went 3:2.7 for the 2400 metres which was the quickest in the race and I thought the run was full of merit."

"Starting off level terms yesterday gave him a huge advantage, " Bob said.

Future plans for Vulcan are already set with the veteran to head south for the Northern Southland meeting on January 15th.

" There is a 3200 metres race there which will suit him down to the ground.

"It is a handicap event and he will be off 40 metres but being two miles it gives him a chance to make up the handicap,"  Bob said.

Harnesslink would like to join with the rest of the industry in congratulating Tim Butt , Anthony Butt, Roddy Butt, Bob Butt and the myriad of others who have contibuted to Vulcan making the millionaires club.

Harnesslink Media

 

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