With the Kiwi’s to the fore in the Breeders Crown series, now is the time of year they are more likely to be flying home rather than invading our shores but that’s exactly what canny ownerhas in mind.
His pair of Shaky Isles pacing three-year-olds, Gotta Go Yanky and Our Beau Vite, will have their first Australian start at.
Drawn this inside of the second row in eight and nine, Butterworth will simply be hoping that the polemarker, Chilli Palmer, can hold the front from his seemingly ideal draw.
“It’s a hard race to read; there are a couple of class runners off the back and most of us don’t know much about Dean Braun’s runner drawn the pole but I suppose we are hoping it leads,” Butterworth said.
Punters may be keen to back Gotta Go Yanky after he clearly defeated the stablemate at their most recent start in New Zealand; however Butterworth isn’t so sure there is that much between them.
“This isn’t just from me, it’s from Mark Purdon who trained both of them, if had led up last time and Beau Vite had sat on him then Beau Vite would win,” he said.
“There’s not much around for them after this and they need a holiday so I’d say they will both be turned out following this run.”
This race itself has turned out some of the most promising three-year-old’s in the state though.
Nowitzki has massive wraps on him, Chilli Palmer was well backed to win the Breeders Crown and Ginger Bliss is a Tasmanian Derby winner.
Gotta Go Yanky has been marked a $4.50 chance by HRV form expert Jason Bonnington while Our Beau Vite is considered a $12 chance.
Butterworth also owns Motu Crusader in the Minuteman Free For All and he is brimming with confidence after a last start win.
“I just hope we get the same odds,” he said.
“We’ve beaten Smoken Up before on his merits in the Sunshine Sprint in Queensland and there was only a metre or less between us and Bitobliss last time and Bitobliss sat on our back.”
“I don’t necessarily think barrier 10 is a bad thing at all, it could end up working in our favour.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria