Bathurst based horsemanis eyeing off a Queensland campaign.
Butler, who prepares a team of 15 at The Lagoon (of Hondo Grattan fame) is looking at heading north with current stable star Mister Chow for a shot at the Seymour Rising Stars Championship series next month.
Mister Chow is considered to be a work in progress type owing to his waywardness and unpredictability while his raw potential is still being realised.
“He’s a pretty useful type this fella but he can be a bit of a lad and he’s not the easiest horse to get along with but we’re slowly winning the battle. I think the trip away will do him the world of good mentally.” Butler said.
The Dream Away gelding displayed his massive talent with a crushing victory at Bathurst last week (September 4) after working very hard mid-race before going on to score easily in fast time on the half mile oval.
The victory at Bathurst qualified him for the $25,000 Where Horses Fly Series Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle on September 28.
“I’m looking at heading north by mid-October, we’ll get him through this final and then away and I’m likely to bring a few others with including Sky Falcon, Marty Bee and Left Neglected after they contest the Canola Cup series at Eugowra.
The Seymour Rising Stars concept is hard to ignore, great prizemoney for lower grade horses while it gives the owners an opportunity to strike a return instantly on their investment rather than waiting to hit metro level before the better prizemoney kicks in.
I think Albion Park is one of the best tracks in the country, every horse gets their opportunity and the racing style is strong. I really enjoyed driving at Albion Park during my time with Dinki Di so I always look forward to my trips north.”
Butler believes Mister Chow is capable of scaling better heights and this trip away is vital step in helping him reach his true potential.
The veteran of only 11 career starts to date; Mister Chow has managed to win five races while his manners have let him down badly in quite a few more.
“I haven’t had a horse do what he did when he won at Bathurst last week. He’s actually dumped both Ashlee (Siejka) and Amanda (Turnbull) so he needs some driving; he isn’t easy to get along with.
Ashlee started out with him but she had a few issues with him and I was asked to give him a try, we’ve had our share of run-ins too but we’re slowly starting to see eye to eye.
He’s a free running type but he got great stamina and good change-up speed so if we can sort out his other issues we’ll be set for some good times. The trip to Queensland should see him develop nicely.”
Butler has enjoyed plenty of success in Queensland previously through the deeds of the Chris Frisby trained Dinki Di while his own mare Shez Machstar was a runner-up in the $85,000 QBRED Triad Final back in 2010.
by Chris Barsby