The butt brothers, Tim and Anthony, are adamant European import Peak was not entirely screwed down for today. But that didn’t stop him winning the Ashburton Trotters’ Flying Mile in what was his first ever raceday start in New Zealand.
“We would have liked to have given him another trial, but we wanted a raceday run under his belt before Cup week,” said driver Anthony Butt, who today won his sixth Ashburton Trotters’ Flying Mile.
The former Danish Derby winner, worked to the front from his inside alley before stalling off a very brave The Fiery Ginga, and a fast finishing King Charlie to win in a time of 1-57.6.
The enigmatic Escapee burst into gallop when looking likely to run atleast a place, while Stig couldn’t muster early and never got into the race.
Butt, who earlier in the week compared Peak to ‘driving a Roll Royce’ said the seven-year-old chesnut entire is likely to compete in both the Trotting Free-For-All and The Dominion.
Today’s win was another testament to the amazing training ability of Tim Butt – To win a Group race with a horse fresh-up is one thing, but to win one with a horse having his first start in New Zealand after spending a long time in quarantine, well, that is something else.
In other news on the trotting front, Master Lavros will be taken off the unruly for his Kaikoura assignment next week.
“He has been stepping really well this time in, so we are going to experiment this week. It would be nice to have him off the unruly the Dominion,” said trainer-driver, Mark Jones.
By Mitchell Robertson