Day At The Track

Tim Butt hoping for miracles

07:49 AM 10 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Tim Butt
Tim Butt

Tim Butt knows enough about training horses at the elite level to know that it will take more than a miracle for him to win one of the two main features at Addington tonight.

But it’s not going to stop him from trying.

One of our champion horseman over the past two decades will take three horses to tonight’s Premier meeting at Addington, two of whom he confesses have very little, if any hope, and one which he considers a cracking each way chance.

The each way bet is Franco Harrington. And Butt says punters shouldn’t drop the big pacer after he was disappointing when beaten at his last start.

“He’s a bit of a funny horse,’’ he said.

“He probably should have won his last start, but I think you’ll see a better version of him this week.’’

The other of Butt’s chances tonight are Pass Them By who takes on a star-studded field in the Canterbury Classic and old stable favourite, Vulcan, who begins his Dominion Handicap campaign.

Pass Them By has shown more the a glimpse of the form that first attracted Butt to him this time in but he still faces a massive task from a second line draw.

“It’d be a surprise if he won it.

“He’s going really good, but unfortunately he is just a couple of notches below the really good ones.

“This race should give him a really good hit out before Methven next week which is our main aim with him at this stage.

“I would have said he was a chance of sneaking a place had he drawn the front line but starting from the second row makes things that wee bit tougher and he would need lots to go right.’’

Then there is the Vulcan.

Don’t bother asking Butt what to expect from the almost millionaire trotter – because he doesn’t know.

His last public trial was that bad that every test imaginable was undertaken, but all were to avail with nothing being able to be detected.

“It was a bit of a head scratcher.

“At the end of the day we have put it down to him getting on a bit and he has thrown in the odd shocker along the way in the past.

“We are really happy with him other than that.

“But he’s got to find a few lengths to be competitive this week that’s for sure.

“What you know with him though is that he will get better and better with racing.’’

Butt knows time is running out for the multiple Group One winner, but he’s keen to give his old mate, who has given him so many thrills as much opportunity as possible to reach the $1 million mark.

“He deserves to achieve that feat I think.

“It’s something a bit special because not many trotters have achieved it and when you consider what he has done in his career it would seem to be a fitting thing to happen.’’

Vulcan’s contest tonight in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup a race which Butt has won twice before with his two brilliant trotters, Lyell Creek (2000) and Take A Moment (2001). 

By Matt Markham

Harness Racing New Zaland

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