Day At The Track

Young trainer has pedigree to succeed

11:39 AM 02 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Bob Butt - has all the grounding and ability to make it as a trainer
Bob Butt - Has all the grounding and ability to make it as a trainer

Generations of families being successful in harness racing is quite common in this industry and the one name at the top of that pile is the one tracing to Wes Butt.

The list is way too long to compile here but one of the latest from this trotting dynasty to branch out on his own is Bob Butt.

Son of the 2006 and 2007 premiership winning trainers David and Catherine Butt, Bob has been around horses all his life.

Bob first got serious about a future in harness racing while still at school.

" I use to help Nigel McGrath out after school and that confirmed to me that I wanted to do this for a career," Bob told Harnesslink recently.

After Bob left school, he went and worked for Cran Dalgety for 18 months before heading north and working for legendary trainer Barry Purdon for just on two years.

" It was great going and working for trainers like Cran and Barry."

"You learn so much from them,especially all those little things that can make all the difference,"Bob said

Returning home to his parents establishment at Woodend Beach after his stint at Barry Purdon's, Bob was only home a short time before being offered an opportunity to travel to Australia to work for the former Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley in Melbourne.

"I always wanted to have a look at the Australian scene so i didn't twice about taking the offer to work for Brent"

"Brent put me on a lot of nice horses while I was with him and I ended up driving over 80 winners in my time there," Bob said.

Returning to New Zealand about 18 months ago , Bob began working for his parents with their team while training one or two of his own account.

This season Bob thought it was time to take up training on his own account and is working ten from  boxes he is renting from his parents.

He hopes to slowly builds up his team numbers and has the capacity to handle quite a few more.

"The facilities are as good as you can get so there are no excuses."

"They lack for nothing here," he said

Bob has taken over the distinctive colours made famous by his grand - father Robin Butt of green with white sleaves which were carried by such stars as Locarno (Miracle Mile) and Camelot (New Zealand Cup) 

The smart qualifier Bettor Be Smooth is the most promising horse in the stable at the moment but Bob has high hopes for a couple of 2 year olds that he is training and found it hard to split them.

"I really like both of them to be honest."

"There is an Art Official colt out of Honey Babe and a Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Special Rose and they both go pretty good," he said.

Expectations are always high for young trainers like Bob when your family is a house hold name in the industry and that can sometimes be hard to overcome.

However with over 200 winners as a driver in Australasia and seven winners in his brief training career to date along with the thorough grounding he has undertaken, Bob looks well placed to add another layer to the Butt family harness racing dynasty.

Harnesslink Media

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