"I'm happy enough with Elusive Chick and despite defeats at her past few starts I think the return to Menangle is going to be a good thing because she does race so well there," Butt said.
"She can be a bit temperamental and she does need things to go her way in her races because she is a little bit one dimensional but in saying that with the right run she is a definite winning chance and I don't think this Saturday night's race is over strong so a better run wouldn't surprise me at all."
Butt confirmed the mare's owners are considering sending her back home to New Zealand.
"If she was plain on Saturday night there is some thought she would head home but there isn't much at home for her so it would probably mean retirement in the near future but I'm really hoping that even if she was beaten this weekend that I could give her another chance in qualifying for the Ladyship."
Stablemates Mah Sish and Pass Them By are expected to start at Ballarat on Saturday week.
"Mah Sish is battling a bit and he isn't the same horse that finished second in last year's Inter Dominion, I've had him scoped and checked his bloods and I can't find a reason for why he is so far off his best but I will give him another chance in the Pure Steel at Ballarat."
"Pass Them By is a nice horse, I've got him in the Inter Dominion but I honestly think he is a length or two below the top ones right now but might be a realistic chance next year, his next target will be the Ballarat Pacing Cup and then the Hunter Cup the following week."
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |