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The all-conquering harness racing Butt brothers, Tim and Anthony, have wasted no time in making their presence felt in Queensland. And there's sure to be more to come as the Multiple Group One winning pair call the Sunshine State their home for at least the next month during the rich Winter Carnival season. "We plan to have a team of perhaps a dozen between us competing in the carnival at Albion Park and Redcliffe," Anthony said. "Both of us have some special memories from our previous Queensland trips. One of the best was in the 2001 Inter Dominion Trotters Final at Albion Park, which we took out with Take A Moment," he said. Take a Moment was without a doubt one of New Zealand's greatest-ever trotters, the winner of 39 of his 67 starts. In 2009 the Butts also landed the Inter Dominion Pacers' Final with Mr Feelgood at the Parklands circuit on the Gold Coast, and more recently Tim won the Blacks A Fake feature with Let It Ride last year. While Anthony posted a winning driving treble on Saturday night at Brisbane, Tim trained a popular double, which would have pleased punters. "It was nice to kick off in the right direction. We both love the Albion Park track, and personally, it's one of my favorites," Anthony said. The New Zealand Hall-of-Famers combined with Im RocknRoll Magic (RocknRoll Hanover USA-Foreal (Washington VC) in the $12,970 Qualifying Pace and then Majestic Courtney NZ (Majestic Son-Courtneyrae NZ (Armbro Invasion USA) in the $8500 Haras Des Trotters Discretionary Handicap. Anthony Butt scores with Majestic Courtney - (Dan Costello Photo) Anthony was also successful when he picked up the drive for training partners Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby on their promising three-year-old Barrett (Bettors Delight USA-Priceless Gem (Art Major USA) in the $12,970 Silks Qualifying Pace. The colt recorded his fourth career win in a handy 1.52-7 mile rate, impressing Anthony. "He's a nice type who is only going to get bigger and better. He certainly looks an ideal Queensland Derby prospect," he said. "We were pleased with Tim's winners, particularly the square gaiter Majestic Courtney. He's a four-year-old now, and he's built a picket fence with consecutive wins at his past five - I think he should be in free-for-all class in another 12 months." The Butt brothers will be based in the Logan-Jimboomba district, about an hour south of Brisbane during their Queensland campaign. While Tim is already there, Anthony and partner Sonya Smith will drive up with three horses this week from their base at Camden, near Menangle. "We'll end up with a pretty nice team because All About Dreams and Cheesy Fingers have some class. They'll compete in suitable races with their main goal being the Queensland Oaks," Anthony said. "Unfortunately, we won't have our grand campaigner My Field Marshall with us. After he injured himself in the Miracle Mile, Tim made the decision to give him a long spell," he said. And while the visiting NSW raiders are sure to be busy with preparing and racing their big team, they are all looking forward to the warmer weather. "There were no arguements when the idea was put forward to head north for a while-it's starting to get a little cool back home in Sydney," Anthony said. "I don't think any of us can imagine anything better than getting a little bit of the sunshine on a working holiday!" Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Premier Kiwi trainer Tim Butt was looking to the future in making the leap from New Zealand to Menangle last year – and his latest crop of yearling purchases is now providing prospective owners with the same opportunity. Team Butt was buzzing with excitement at some of the top-line babies they secured at the recent APG sales, and settling the youngsters in to their state-of-the-art surrounds has only boosted their confidence. “We’ve had terrific early interest from owners because these youngsters are beautifully-bred, but a share in them is still very affordable,” Tim said. “But they’ve settled in well, they’re smart and we’re really keen about the potential of all of them,” he said. The babies will certainly get their best chance to produce the goods. Tim Butt has trained more Grand Circuit Winners than any other trainer in Australasia, including champions such as great Lyell Creek and My Field Marshal (who currently holds the Australasian record of 1:46.9 in his 2018 Miracle Mile Victory). “We think these four yearlings represent some of the world’s best stallions and Down Under's best mares, and we’re hoping the affordability of an interest will attract new clients, potentially even international clients, to enjoy the thrill of harness racing in Australia,” Tim said. To contact Tim Butt email: tim@timbuttracing.com Or Phone +61447864456 The four yearlings; Lot 104 by Bettor's Delight - Rocknroll Rama - Rocknroll Hanover Just a great individual as his photo suggests A grandson of freakish mare - Pelican Rama - 55 wins. By the great Bettors Delight Looks like a 3 year old now 30% left in this colt Lot 104 Pedigree ................................................................................................................................................... Lot 218 by Captaintreacherous - Glenferrie Alexis - Courage Under Fire By the great racehorse and now sire Captaintreacherous. From a top NZ family Glenferrie Alexis ran 2nd in the NZ oaks and was a great race mare Great attitude colt - all class Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 218 - Pedigree ......................................................................................................................................................... Lot 355    By Rock N Roll Heaven - Lettucereason - Art Major Fantastic Cross from a full sister to outstanding horse - For A Reason Very strong type - looked exactly like Let It Ride Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 355 Pedigree ............................................................................................................................................ Lot 482  by Warrawee Needy - Bettor Believe It - Bettor's Delight Outstanding looking filly Great walk and confirmation Spectacular bloodlines with Cam Fella and Ambro Emerson Coming through sire and great fillies family Trainer - Tim Butt - to keep 20% Lot 482 Pedigree Harnesslink Media

The defending champion may have an unusual problem in Saturday’s A$1million Ainsworth Miracle Mile.  Because trainer Tim Butt believes the field of hotshots may not go fast enough to suit Australasian mile record holder My Field Marshal.  My Field Marshal came from near last to win a supersonic Miracle Mile last year in an Australasian record 1:46.9, in the ten fastest miles in the history of harness racing.  But while Saturday’s field contains local hero Tiger Tara, New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer and new superstar Poster Boy, Butt is worried the race time could be up to two seconds slower than last year.  And that could leave My Field Marshal struggling when the sprint goes on. “Our horse is a great stayer who loves it when they go the first half (800m) in 54 seconds and he just keeps going,” says Butt.  “But I don’t see it being that sort of mile this time. I think the front line is pretty even on gate speed so the inside ones should be able to hold their spots without too much pressure. “So without that sub-26 opening 400m the horses who settle back can be in trouble and that could be us.  “I am not saying he can’t win but from barrier eight we are going to need to some pressure early and in the middle stages and I am not sure where that is going to come from.” Punters and bookies agree with Butt with the expected move in the TAB market coming for Thefixer, who opened $3.80 after drawing barrier two but is now the $3.50 favourite with the Australian TAB, with Poster Boy out from $3.60 to $3.90.  That comes as the scenario of Thefixer leading with Poster Boy on his back and Tiger Tara having to do the bullying sitting parked becomes the conventional wisdom about Saturday’s great race.  Butt says while he can see the race bring a tricky one for My Field Marshal the flashy stallion is racing as well as when he won the great race last season/  "He went his final 400m very fast very wide last week so I am not worried about his form.  "But the draw does worry. Still, there isn't much I can do about it and that will be Ants's job (brother and driver Anthony)."   Michael Guerin

The Miracle Mile’s forgotten Kiwi hero could be carrying a get out of jail free card at Menangle tonight.  Because My Field Marshal may not have to meet the same qualifying criteria as his rivals heading into the two $100,000 preludes for next Saturday’s $1million sprint.  There will be eight starters in the Mile, with two spots already taken so six vacant, all to come from horses who compete at tonight’s meeting.  The first two home in he preludes are automatically invited so the Club Menangle selection committee will have to make the call on the final two invites and chief executive Bruce Christison says prior form will be one factor considered.  “The first two home in the preludes will get in and it could even pan out that the first three home go in but the committee will take into account previous form, especially if a horse is unlucky tonight.  “The two most obvious horses that could affect would be Tiger Tara, because of his form this season, and My Field Marshal because he is the defending champion and race record holder.  “I am not saying they can perform poorly and get it but we have seen in recent years a horse like Lennytheshark finish fourth in his prelude and get a Miracle invite. “But different committee members have different views on that.” Tiger Tara’s spot in the Miracle Mile looks a formality as he should lead and win the first prelude tonight and he is now the $2.80 favourite for next week’s great race.  But My Field Marshal faces a far trickier night at the office, drawn wide in the very strong second prelude and likely to have to make up a lot of ground in a sub 1:50 mile.  Christison says there is even latitude for his club to invite a big-name age group pacer like Chase Auckland, who competes in race two tonight, since he started in an official Mile lead-up in last week’s Chariots of Fire. “But they would have to come out and do something special on Saturday.”  Tonight’s meeting looks set up for short priced favourites, with both the NSW Derby and Oaks heats to be dominated by hot pots and perfect for multi bet punters.   Michael Guerin

UP, UP and away (hopefully to the winners’ circle) is the best way to describe the results of last weekend’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Brisbane. With a tremendous depth in quality yearlings on offer, the sale’s average increased, gross turnover is up and interstate interest was at a level never seen before! The lots averaged $18,593 which represents an increase of eight per cent on the previous year, while gross turnover is up four per cent on 2018 – a figure which is set to rise during the coming fortnight as buyers purchase some of the lots which were passed in. New South Wales buyers were the most active with more than half the sold lots heading south. Prominent horseman Tim Butt purchased the top priced colt and filly for a combined total of $91,000. Butt parted with $55,000 for a son of Captaintreacherous and Forever Gold and $36,000 for Roll With Joe and Save Me Christian’s daughter. “The most pleasing aspect of Sunday’s Sale was our ability to attract interstate buyers,” APG General Manager David Boydell said. “They were all keen to take advantage of the additional earning opportunities available to Brisbane Sale horses courtesy of APG’s $100,000 Albion Park Sales Race and the outstanding QBred For Life bonus scheme. “Over 50 per cent of all sales were to New South Wales buyers, headed by the likes of Tim Butt, Robbie Morris, Josh Farrugia, Chris Frisby and Tumby Park, whilst Matt Craven was also active, purchasing one and missing out on a couple of others. “Overall, it was a really positive start to the sales season. There was good money available for quality horses, and this was reflected in both our sales averages and our gross turnover. “Looking forward to next year, we would like to look at ways to generate more buying activity from local owners and trainers, and we probably also need to work through a few issues with the reserves, because there were a few horses this year that had reserves on them that were higher than I’d like to see and which would have exceeded many buyers expectations.” A list of results, including a list of those passed and their reserves, is available on the APG website by clicking here Anyone wishing to place an offer on a passed in Lot can do so by clicking on the “Make An Offer” link on the results page, or by phoning John Coffey on 0418 500 211. APG Media

Top harness racing trainer Tim Butt has purchased the top lot at the APG yealing sale held at Albion Park in Brisbane yesterday.   Lot 16 sold for $55,000. The sale topping colt by Captaintreacherous is out of the champion racemare Forever Gold (1-51.7) who won 42 races and had career earnings of more than $700,000 from her 92 starts.  Butt was busy during the sale also purchasing a Roll With Joe filly out of handy nine win race mare Save Me Christian for $36,000 along with a Western Terror colt out the 24 win mare Billabong Girl for $10,000. 27 lots were sold from the 46 entries with the sale average being $18,593.  Several lots were passed in with reserves higher than the top priced lot. Captaintreacherous won 23 of his 33 starts, with seven placings and $3,148,657 in the bank. The next APG sale is in Melbourne on the 3rd february 2019 at Oaklands Junction commencing at 11am. For full results click here. Brisbane Lot Sire Dam Sex Vendor Status Price Buyer 1 Artspeak USA Walking On Air Filly BURWOOD STUD SOLD $8,500 W Crosby 2 Pet Rock USA Wheres Holme NZ Colt Monarch Farm SOLD $4,000 C Towns 3 Grinfromeartoear USA Arks Crystal Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $25,000)  Make an Offer     4 Hes Watching USA Babe Mattgregor Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $8,000 D Searston 5 Western Terror USA Billabong Girl Colt Cameron Spencer SOLD $10,000 T Butt 6 Roll With Joe USA Blue Eyed Suzie NZ Colt Ross Patrick PASSED IN (reserve $50,000)  Make an Offer     7 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Cold Mountain Sue USA Filly Tobias Raeth SOLD $6,000 R Carkeet 8 Western Terror USA Crazy Mach NZ Filly Monarch Farm SOLD $4,500 C Frisby 9 Bettors Delight USA Courageous Annie NZ Colt Montana Park P/L PASSED IN (reserve $60,000)  Make an Offer     10 Sportswriter USA Bubby Doll Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $6,000 Veivers Purchases Pty Ltd 11 Mr Feelgood USA Early Harvest Filly Trent Smith SOLD $11,000 T Smith 12 Western Terror USA Doubting Darcey Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $12,000 B Cotterill 13 Captaintreacherous (US) Evelyn Dee Filly Cameron Spencer PASSED IN (reserve $20,000)  Make an Offer     14 Heston Blue Chip USA Exclusif Colt Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $32,500 Tumby Park Pty Ltd 15 Art Major USA Empty Promises Colt Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $40,000 J Farrugia 16 Captaintreacherous (US) Forever Gold Colt M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $55,000 T Butt 17 Badlands Hanover USA Half Moon Bromac NZ Filly Testmating Pty Ltd PASSED IN (reserve $10,000)  Make an Offer     18 Art Major USA English Elegance NZ Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $30,000)  Make an Offer     19 Mach Three CA Joy To Behold Filly G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $60,000)  Make an Offer     20 Western Terror USA Kidabout Filly Monarch Farm SOLD $10,000 C Frisby 21 Art Major USA Find Fake Cash NZ Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $40,000)  Make an Offer     22 A Rocknroll Dance USA Mardys Victree Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $22,000 Kriden Investments Pty Ltd 23 Sunshine Beach USA Layback Cullen Filly M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $14,000 J Riseley 24 Mr Feelgood USA Goldplay NZ Filly Brendan Sippel SOLD $5,000 D Wearne 25 Mr Feelgood USA Miss Real Colt Rob Jones PASSED IN (reserve $19,000)  Make an Offer     26 Hes Watching USA Our Sweet Melody Colt Patrick Croghan SOLD $35,000 c Lusby 27 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Left Dancing Colt Brendan Sippel SOLD $11,000 R Veivers 28 Safari Making Gold Colt M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $10,000 J Nieuwenburg 29 Warrawee Needy CA Presidential Night Colt A Class Carriages       30 Artspeak USA Paris Highlights Colt Monarch Farm SOLD $15,000 J Mammino 31 Betterthancheddar USA Queens Up Filly anadate pty ltd PASSED IN (reserve $12,000)  Make an Offer     32 Roll With Joe USA Save Me Christian Filly William Hill SOLD $36,000 T Butt 33 Mr Feelgood USA Strip Sir Filly M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $10,000 M Sparkes 34 Heston Blue Chip USA Our Sweet Victree Colt Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $40,000 R Morris 35 Hes Watching USA Romancing Ashley USA Colt Rob Jones PASSED IN (reserve $23,500)  Make an Offer     36 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Shesgotemgood Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly PASSED IN (reserve $27,500)  Make an Offer     37 Mr Feelgood USA The Oval Office NZ Colt Liz Donohoe PASSED IN (reserve $30,000)  Make an Offer     38 Follow The Stars Spirit Messenger Filly Monarch Farm PASSED IN (reserve $4,000)  Make an Offer     39 Courage Under Fire NZ Starofmydream NZ Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $10,000 M Craven 40 Artspeak USA Victree Bette Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg       41 Sunshine Beach USA Teamenup Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $23,000 P Crennan 42 Art Major USA Tatachilla Filly Felgate Holdings Pty Ltd PASSED IN (reserve $45,000)  Make an Offer     43 Mr Feelgood USA The Tom Boy Colt Liz Donohoe PASSED IN (reserve $18,000)  Make an Offer     44 Hes Watching USA Tout Le Monde NZ Colt BURWOOD STUD SOLD $37,500 G Mitchell 45 Artspeak USA Victree Bonita Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $26,000 Tumby Park Pty Ltd 46 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Truly Famous Filly Dr John mammino PASSED IN (reserve $45,000)  Make an Offer      

Champion horseman Tim Butt, who has prepared more grand circuit winners than any other harness racing trainer in Australasia, is poised to set more records when his brilliant seven-year-old My Field Marshal contests the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 51-year-old New Zealand-born Butt, who relocated from Christchurch to Menangle in New South Wales early last year, is confident that My Field Marshal will prove the best stayer and win the testing 2936m mobile group 1 classic in the stallion’s first attempt over a distance beyond 2700m. “He’s fantastic and has come through his wins in the Village Kid Sprint and Fremantle Cup absolutely terrific,” he said. Asked if the 2936m was a concern, Butt said: “It’s only 400m longer than last week’s Cup and I couldn’t be happier with the barrier draw (No. 3 on the front line).” Queried about the likely driving tactics to be employed by his elder brother Anthony, he said: “We haven’t done the form yet, but we’ve got options from that draw. “The horse hasn’t done a lot since he led and won the Fremantle Cup. He had a hoppled run this morning (Tuesday) and I just ticked him over like I normally do. He’s bright and he loves it here.” The Butt brothers are full of hope that they will be able to go one better than they did when Flashing Red finished second to Tealsby Karita in the 2007 WA Pacing Cup. Flashing Red, second favourite at 3/1 from barrier five, raced wide early and three wide again in the middle stages before working hard in the breeze. He fought on doggedly behind Tealsby Karita, the 11/4 favourite who made most of the running. “Flashing Red was a great horse and a great stayer, but My Field Marshal has got a bit more brilliance,” Tim Butt said. If My Field Marshal is successful this week, it will give the famous Butt family a special record, with the first set of brothers training a WA Pacing Cup winner. Roddy Butt, the youngest of the three Butt brothers, prepared Justaboyden, who was driven by Fred Kersley jnr and produced one of the most spectacular bursts of speed in a Pacing Cup when he was ninth at the 400m and sprouted wings to charge to the front at the 250m mark and career away to beat Southern Knight by more than three lengths in the big race in 1995. The WA Pacing Cup was first run in 1913 and the inaugural Fremantle Cup was in 1928 and, if successful, My Field Marshal will become only the eighth pacer to have won the WA Pacing Cup-Fremantle Cup double in the one season, a feat that has been performed by Black Bertha (1942), Pure Steel (1980), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), The Falcon Strike (2002 and 2004), Baltic Eagle (2003), Im Themightyquinn (2011 and 2012) and Chicago Bull (2017). My Field Marshal, bred and owned by Syd and Shona Brown (who also bred and owned the horse’s dam Foreal, a winner of 18 races and $664,800 in stakes. My Field Marshal has earned $1,324,712 from 26 wins and 21 placings from 61 starts, has won six group 1 features --- the Taylor Mile and Messenger Championship at Alexandra Park, the Four-Year-Old Emerald at Cambridge (in successive starts in 2016), the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in 2017, the Miracle Mile in 1.46.9 on the same track last February and last week’s Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park. Anthony Butt, who will return to Perth from Sydney on Friday, was full of praise for My Field Marshal after the horse’s exciting all-the-way victory in the 2536m Fremantle Cup last Friday night, saying: “To lead and cop that pressure just shows what a great horse he is. He did a mighty job; he had to burn out of the gate and then never got any peace. “He kept running fast quarters and it was a great effort. It won’t be easy this week when I’m sure it will again be a truly-run affair. But he has got that class on his side and no matter what race he’s in, he’s always hard to beat.” Tim Butt said that My Field Marshal would not contest the $500,000 Hunter Cup at Melton on February 2 and that the horse’s main mission after the WA Pacing Cup would be the Miracle Mile at Menangle on March 3. “My Field Marshal will return to Sydney next Wednesday and he’ll probably have one lead-up run before the Miracle Mile.” With My Field Marshal starting from barrier three on Friday night, Anthony Butt will be ready to make snap decisions after the mobile barrier releases the quality field of 12 runners. He knows that Maczaffair (barrier one) and Rocknroll Lincoln (two) will come out flying in bids to take the early lead. Whether the speedy My Field Marshal can burst straight to the front is highly problematical. Sharing the Butt camp’s confidence is Mike Reed, the trainer of Maczaffair, and Gary Hall Jnr, who will be in the sulky behind the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln. Maczaffair is the only mare in the field and Reed is bullish about her prospects of becoming the first of her sex to win the WA Pacing Cup since Pyramus beat Chief Attain and Sir Alex in 1972. She will again be handled by Reed’s son Mark, who was most impressed with her effort when an unlucky sixth in the Fremantle Cup, only one and a half lengths behind the winner. She was ninth at the bell and was badly blocked for a clear passage before flying home along the pegs in the final few strides. Maczaffair, the winner of five group feature events, showed her class against all-male opposition when second to Ultimate Machete in the group 1 2536m Golden Nugget championship in December 2017. Hall, who has driven the winner of seven WA Pacing Cups, said that Rocknroll Lincoln was travelling strongly and was a sound winning chance before being badly checked approaching the home turn in the Fremantle Cup. Rocknroll Lincoln broke into a gallop and finished 11th. Hall said that the 2936m journey this week would not worry Rocknroll Lincoln. “Barrier two looks good on paper and he’s got genuine gate speed,” he said. “If we get to the front, and I think he can, I won’t consider handing up.” Galactic Star, a gallant second in the Fremantle Cup, is in peak form and must be considered, despite drawing awkwardly at barrier seven. Ryan Warwick looks certain to opt out of any early speed battle and is likely to drive conservatively before deciding when to send the six-year-old forward. Galactic Star raced in eighth position in the one-wide line in the Fremantle Cup before Warwick sent the gelding forward, with a three-wide, burst approaching the bell. He sustained the effort and his performance was full of merit. Galactic Star is prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who will also be represented in the Cup by Our Max Phactor (Dylan Egerton-Green), Vampiro (Colin Brown), Our Jimmy Johnstone (Michael Grantham), El Jacko (Aiden de Campo) and Saying Grace (Chris Lewis). El Jacko and Saying Grace will start from the back line and have sound place prospects after unlucky runs in the Fremantle Cup in which El Jacko, a smart sit-sprinter, was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit before going across the line, full of running, in seventh position. Saying Grace, who trailed the pacemaking My Field Marshal throughout, went to the line, bolting under lock and key, in fourth place. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, who has won the WA Pacing Cup a record 11 times, is pinning his faith on Runrunjimmydunn, who will be driven by Clint Hall from barrier five. Runrunjimmydunn fought on from tenth in the middle stages to be a sound fifth in the Fremantle Cup. The WA-bred Vultan Tin, trained in Coolup by Phil Costello, is the only non-New Zealand-bred runner in the race. He will be driven by Chris Voak and will start from the outside of the back line. Vultan Tin was seventh at the bell in the Fremantle Cup before finishing fast, out six wide, to be an eye-catching third. Ace trainer Ross Olivieri, who prepared Saab for his WA Pacing Cup victory in 1999, has engaged Shannon Suvaljko to drive Im Full of Excuses from the awkward No. 6 barrier. Im Full of Excuses bounced back to form and ended a 22-month drought when he charged home with as three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to win narrowly from Gotta Go Gabbana in a 2130m mobile event last Friday night. He will again be at long odds this week.   Ken Casellas

Mister Bushido, a lightly-raced six-year-old, will make his Australian debut when he starts from barrier six on the front line in the $20,000 TABtouch Race Replays Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth from New Zealand just over four months ago and is being prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr for his breeders and owners Syd and Shona Brown, who race champion pacer and Fremantle Cup favourite My Field Marshall. Mister Bushido was trained in New Zealand by Tim Butt, who said that the Bettors Delight gelding’s strength was his ability to produce a powerful finishing burst. “He’s a pretty handy sort of horse, is good and honest and should pay his way here,” said Butt. “He’s probably more of a finisher late in the race.” Mister Bushido, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald, has not been produced at trials. His latest appearance was in a 1980m event at Addington on August 17 last year when he was trained and driven by Jonny Cox. He was restrained from barrier seven, raced in seventh position and went five wide on the home turn before finishing sixth in a field of eight behind the brilliant pacer Ana Malak. His most recent win in a career of 21 starts for four wins and five placings was six starts ago when he rated 1.55.5 in beating Joey Maguire by a half-head over 1950m at Addington. It was a most impressive victory. He started from barrier 14 the outside of the back line and was a $23.80 outsider. He was 12th at the bell and 11th with 600m to travel before he charged home, out six wide, to get up and win in the final stride. He won at his previous start, also over 1950m at Addington, when he was restrained at the start from barrier eight, was eighth at the bell and seventh on the home bend before surging home, four wide, to get up and beat the favourite Cindy Bromac by a neck, rating 1.57.6, with a final; quarter in 27.7sec. Mister Bushido’s chief rivals on Friday night appear to be his stablemate Liberty Rose and the Colin Joss-trained eight-year-old Lagoon Stride. Liberty Rose was an odds-on favourite last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace, but was kept under pressure by Mary Catherine, who overraced in the breeze. She wilted after final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.1sec. to finish third behind the fast-finishing Lady De La Renta and Mary Catherine. Liberty Rose is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable run this week and will take plenty of beating. Lagoon Stride has not been successful for 34 months, but he should pay to follow after he set the pace and refused to give in when a fighting second to Bronze Seeker over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.   Ken Casellas

The Barrier Draw has been conducted for the 2019 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup worth $450,000 at Gloucester Park this Friday night. Last week’s Fremantle Cup winner and Australasia’s fastest pacer, My Field Marshal has once again fared well, drawing barrier three. The Tim Butt trained star should retain favouritism to win the big Western Australian double. The Justin Prentice trained and Gary Hall Jr driven Rocknroll Lincoln will start from an ideal barrier in two with the only mare in the field Maczaffair drawing the coveted rails ally. Once again, despite having six runners, the Greg and Skye Bond Stable were without luck with the majority of their runners drawing the outside of the front line. Galactic Star in seven, Vampiro in eight and Our Jimmy Johnstone out in nine, with El Jacko inside of the back line (10) and Saying Grace on his immediate outside in barrier eleven. Popular local pacer, Vultan Tin has drawn the outside of the back line in barrier 12.   The Barrier draw for the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup for 2019 is as follows; Maczaffair Rocknroll Lincoln My Field Marshal Our Max Phactor Runrunjimmydunn Im Full Of Excuses Galactic Star Vampiro Our Jimmy Johnstone El Jacko Saying Grace Vultan Tin Gotta Go Gabbana (1st Emg) Mitch Maguire (2nd Emg) The first race scheduled for 5.50pm WA time, with the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing set to jump as race five at 7.55 WA time. There is live trackside entertainment all night and tables are still available for bookings in our premier restaurant The Beau Rivage. To book contact Gloucester Park on 9323 3530.  Gloucester Park

The Southern Bred Southern Reared breeding group received a real boost on Friday night when two horses bred by the group quinellaed the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park in Perth. My Field Marshal bred by Syd and Shona Brown of Mosgiel won the race by 1.2 metres, beating Galactic Star which was bred by Tuapeka Lodge in Lawrence. Some talk beforehand asserted that My Field Marshal wasn’t a true stayer but part owner Syd Brown was quick to dismiss it. And the Art Major entire proved that he can definitely stay, giving a dominating performance in front. “People make talk like that. You ask any good trainer or driver they’ll tell you that a sub 1-50 mile horse (like My Field Marshal) can’t do that (run a fast mile) unless they can stay,” he said. Trained by ex-pat Tim Butt and driven by his brother Anthony, Brown says their comments after the run were very positive. “They were thrilled. They did expect him to improve on his first run up and they’re confident that he can improve on that run again.” The win was My Field Marshal’s twenty sixth, elevated his stakes to close to 1.5 million dollars and he gets a chance to add to that tally in this Friday’s $450,000 Group One West Australia Cup on the same track. Brown has a three quarter brother to My Field Marshal entered in next month’s NZB Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch. He’s by Art Major out of Washington VC mare Ednalea which is a full-sister to Foreal the dam of My Field Marshal. “He’s just a strong Art Major colt. He’s not too big, not too small and he’s very wide in the front with a good strong head but people need to look at that themselves rather than hear an owner tell them that.” SBSR horses have won the Fremantle Cup three times in the last four years with Chicago Bull winning the race in 2017 and Beaudiene Boaz in 2016. Another SBSR horse I’m Themightyquinn won the race in 2011. Im Themightyquinn in 2011 and Chicago Bull in 2017 won the prized Gloucester Park double: the Fremantle and West Australia Cup. Meanwhile former Southlander Graham Cooney bred two of the winners at the Bay Of Plenty Harness meeting at Te Aroha yesterday. Cooney now resides in Tauranga and he bred Misty Memory and Comic Book Hero which are both out of Deja Vous. Both horses were originally trained by Hamish Hunter at Ryal Bush. He won two races with each horse. Comic Book Hero is now trained by Ray Darby at Patumahoe while Misty Memories is trained at Tuapaki by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins.   Bruce Stewart

Champion trainer Tim Butt hotly disputes persistent suggestions that millionaire pacer My Field Marshal is purely a brilliant sprinter who will struggle to win the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. There is no doubting that the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old is a magnificent speedster over short trips, but Butt said that he had no concerns whatsoever that the stallion would be found wanting over the 2536m journey. “It takes a strong stayer to excel over sprint trips,” said Butt, who is bubbling with confidence that his brother Anthony will guide My Field Marshal to victory on Friday night, particularly after drawing favourably at barrier two on the front line. “My Field Marshal has done everything right and has pleased me with his work since he led and won the Village Kid Sprint two Fridays ago. He is showing no breathing problems after two successful wind operations.” My Field Marshal, who rated 1.54 when he was untroubled to win the 1730m Village Kid Sprint, became the fastest pacer in Australasia when he won the Miracle Mile in 1.46.9 at Menangle in February last year. He has raced 60 times for 25 wins, 15 seconds and six thirds for earnings of $1,132,712. His wins have been over 1609m (11), 1650m (one), 1700m (one), 1730m (one), 1950m (five), 2000m (one), 2200m (one), 2240m (two), 2400m (one) and 2700m (one). His 2700m victory was as a four-year-old at Alexandra Park in the group 1 Messenger Championship when he started from barrier four and enjoyed a perfect trip, one-out and two-back in sixth position before finishing strongly out wide to convincingly beat My Kiwi Mate at a 1.56.6 rate in April 2017.     “His runs over middle distances in Australia have been good,” said Butt. My Field Marshal finished a one-metre second to Hectorjayjay in the 2680m Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park in July 2017 when Tiger Tara was third and Lennytheshark fourth. The winner rated 1.56.1. In October 2017 My Field Marshal was a one-length second to San Carlo (1.56.6) in the group 3 Maryborough Gold Cup over 2690m and two weeks after that he was a wonderful 4m second to Lennytheshark, who rated 1.55.4 to smash Restrepo’s track record. My Field Marshal started from the back line and he raced in sixth position before moving into the breeze 1200m from home. He fought on with admirable determination, with the final quarters whizzing by in 26.9sec. and 27.3sec. My Field Marshal finished his 19-start campaign as a six-year-old with a well-beaten ninth behind Let It Ride in the 2680m Blacks A Fake Championship last July. He started from the back line, raced at the rear and three wide in the final circuit. Her resumed after a spell with an easy 1609m victory in 1.50.9 at Menangle on December 17 before his impressive win in the Village Kid Sprint 11 nights later. The Butt brothers are aiming to make amends for Raglan’s splendid second to champion Im Themightyquinn in the 2012 Fremantle Cup when Raglan surged home from last at the bell. They first campaigned in Western Australia in 2004 when Mister D G won two heats and finished second in another before finishing a desperately close fourth behind Jofess in a four-way photo finish in the final of the Inter Dominion championship. Tim Butt decided just over a year ago to move from his property in Christchurch to set up stables at the Menangle complex and he is currently preparing My Field Marshal at leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond’s stables in Forrestdale. My Field Marshal faces strong challenges from the Bond camp, which dominates the Fremantle Cup with a record of seven of the 12 runners, the New Zealand-bred band of Galactic Star, Saying Grace, El Jacko, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Our Max Phactor, Mitch Maguire and Vampiro, who between them have won 142 races and amassed $2,135,457 in prizemoney. Greg Bond has fond memories of his first runner in a Fremantle Cup Money Magnet, who was an 8/1 chance and was driven to an easy all-the-way victory by Colin Brown in a 2907m stand in January 2006, a week after he started at 14/1 and came from last to win the Australian Pacing Championship consolation, a mobile over 2143m. Not surprisingly, Greg Bond rates Galactic Star as the stable’s best winning prospect 12 months after the gelding was the rank outsider at tote odds of $228 and finished 11th behind My Hard Copy, who charged home to win the Fremantle Cup in a thrilling finish from Lazarus and Chicago Bull. Then, in February, Galactic Star was beaten into second place in the Albany Cup by Major Stare. Galactic Star’s form this season has been outstanding. He started with wins in the group 3 Don Randall Cup over 2631m at Pinjarra and the Cranley Memorial, a listed classic over 1730m at Gloucester Park in November, before winning a heat and being placed in two other heats of the Inter Dominion championship in Victoria in December before finishing an unlucky sixth in the final after he was badly checked and lost valuable ground soon after the start. Ryan Warwick, the State’s leading reinsman with 88 winners this season, has chosen to drive Galactic Star, who will start from the inside of the back line. The winner of 25 races and $417,335, he possesses dazzling point-to-point speed and has outstanding winning prospects. Brown has been engaged to drive Vampiro, whose prospects slumped when he drew the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Mitch Maguire (Aiden de Campo) also faces a tough test from barrier eight and ten-year-old warhorse Our Jimmy Johnstone (Michael Grantham) will need luck from the No. 7 barrier. Our Jimmy Johnstone finished solidly along the inside when third behind Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca in the 2017 Fremantle Cup. El Jacko (Nathan Turvey) has sprinted home fast to win on the past two Friday nights and he is capable of a bold showing from barrier two on the back line. Our Max Phactor (Dylan Egerton-Green) will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and will be at liberal odds despite his splendid second to My Field Marshall in the Village Kid Sprint after working hard in the breeze. He boasts a remarkable record in WA of 14 starts for 12 wins and two seconds. Bond considers lightly-raced five-year-old Saying Grace a realistic chance from the prized No. 1 barrier. The American Ideal gelding who has had only 25 starts for 11 wins and six placings will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has won the Fremantle Cup six times with Black Irish (1983), Village Kid (1988 and 1989), John Albert (1995), Sandy Bay (2005) and Dasher VC (2013). Saying Grace also started from barrier one at his latest appearance, over 2130m last Friday week, when he was first out and then broke into a gallop and lost six lengths. He settled in fifth position before quickly dashing forward to the breeze and finished a close-up fifth behind El Jacko. Gary Hall Jnr, who has won the Fremantle Cup a record eight times, will drive Rocknroll Lincoln for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice. Rocknroll Lincoln, a smart winner at two of his past three starts, will begin from barrier four and should be prominent. Gary Hall Snr, who has trained the winner of the Cup eight times, will be pinning his faith in the tough and consistent Runrunjimmydunn, who will start from an awkward draw at No. 5 with Clint Hall in the sulky. The Mike Reed-trained Maczaffair (barrier six) is the only mare in the Cup and the only non-New Zealand-bred runner is the WA-bred Vultan Tin, who is prepared at Coolup by Phil Costello and will be handled by Chris Voak. Vultan Tin, who set the pace and finished second to El Jacko over 2130m last Friday night, will start from the No. 3 barrier. Ken Casellas

The Barrier Draw has been conducted for the 2019 Retravision Fremantle Cup worth $300,000 at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The big winner was Australasia’s fastest pacer, My Field Marshal who came up with barrier two. The Tim Butt trained star will now be a short price favourite to take out the time-honoured Group One event. Despite having seven runners, the Greg and Skye Bond Stable were not so lucky in the draw, with their main chances Galactic Star drawing inside the back line (10) and Vampiro on the outside of the front line. Their inform pacer, El Jacko has come up with their best draw, following out My Field Marshall from the second line in barrier 11. Local favourite Vultan Tin is in barrier three with the Justin Prentice trained and Gary Hall Jr driven Rocknroll Lincoln outside him in barrier four. The only mare in the field Maczaffair has draw barrier six. The Barrier draw for the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup for 2019 is as follows; Saying Grace My Field Marshal Vultan Tin Rocknroll Lincoln Runrunjimmydunn Maczaffair Our Jimmy Johnstone Mitch Maguire Vampiro Galactic Star El Jacko Our Max Phactor The Bucket List (1st Emg) Waylade (2nd Emg) The first race 5.50pm WA time Gloucester Park

Star Sydney pacer My Field Marshal has stamped his claims as the one to beat for next month’s feature Cups double, following a scintillating win in the Village Kid Pace (1730m) at Gloucester Park last night. This year’s Miracle Mile winner showed his dazzling burst of speed when the arms folded back to find the front with ease and reinsman Anthony Butt was able to control the race from there. Butt was able to back the speed off after running a slick first quarter of 27.7, before running home in 56.3 to score by 5m. Our Max Phactor and Runrunjimmydunn both turned in big performances in second and third respectively to enhance their claims of getting a start in both the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. Mr Mojito, who was vying for favouritism for much of the week with My Field Marshal, got too far back in the run and finished last. Trainer Tim Butt, who is also the brother of Anthony, said he was pleased to see My Field Marshal perform well at his first shot at the tight Gloucester Park circuit. “He handled the track great, particularly at the start,” he said. “Once you’re in the lead here over the mile, it’s pretty hard to run them down. “It’s a different kettle of fish once you get to the staying races, but we’ve started how we wanted to.” Butt said My Field Marshal would take plenty of improvement from the $50,000 event and said the seven-year-old would be the one to beat in both in the upcoming Group 1 races. “He’s had a bit of a hard week,” he said. “He had to float down to Melbourne and fly over here after running 1.50 on the Monday (December 17). “My Field Marshal has got a great record against Tiger Tara, so we’re not too worried about him coming. “We’re progressing well and we’re happy.” Meanwhile, El Jacko has staked his claims to get a spot in both Pacing Cups, after he upstaged stablemate Saying Grace in the JP’s Sportsbar Pace (2130m). Saying Grace was forced to settle in the breeze after the mishap at the start, which allowed El Jacko to sit on his back and get the perfect trail into the race. Reinsman Nathan Turvey was able to urge El Jacko past leader Maczaffair in the closing stages and win by 5m. It was the first leg of a double for Turvey, who teamed up with Carter Micheal later in the night. The other feature event of the evening was the Group 3 Coulson Final for the fillies and mares, which was taken out by the Mike Reed-trained and Mark Reed-driven Our Angel Of Harlem. The four-year-old was able to hold the front from barrier one and was never troubled from there, as she made it four wins from six starts this campaign. The Reed’s enjoyed further success later in the program when Golden State broke through for a well-deserved win in the Follow Gloucester Park On Facebook Pace. It was Golden State’s first start since the Golden Nugget a fortnight ago and he relished the drop back in class last night. Stefsbest was also coming out of the Golden Nugget on December 14 and he was also able to lead all of the way from barrier one. In the final event of the evening, Patrickthepiranha made it five wins in a row against a star-studded field of three-year-olds, including Golden Slipper winner and hot favourite Franco Edward. Patrickthepiranha was able to get to the front from barrier four and score a comfortable victory to his stablemate Its Rock And Roll.   Tim Walker

You realise Gloucester Park’s summer carnival is heating up when the Miracle Mile Champion is in town. My Field Marshal, who won February’s Group 1 Miracle Mile (1609m) at Menangle in a track record time of 1:46.9, will have his first look at headquarters when he lines up in Friday night’s $50,000 Village Kid Pace (2130m). The seven-year-old Art Major entire has drawn gate five in the sprint and will do battle with local stars Mr Mojito (gate two), Runrunjimmydunn (three), Our Max Phactor (six), Our Jimmy Johnstone (seven), Vultan Tin (eight), Rocknroll Lincoln (nine) and Mitch Maguire (10). My Field Marshal is trained by former New Zealand horseman Tim Butt, who is now training out of Sydney, and is driven by Butt’s brother, Anthony. The Butt brothers know their horse well and will have him primed to run a big race at his first start at GP. My Field Marshal is a genuine Grand Circuit horse with the impressive record of 24 wins and 21 placings from 54 starts for more than $1.1M in prize money. He possesses brilliant speed from the machine, but is equally as effective coming off a sit, which he did with a devastating 53.3 sprint ove the last 800m of the Miracle Mile. Tim Butt wisely decided to bypass the recent Inter Dominion series in Victoria because he believes his horse races best when kept “fresh”. My Field Marshal had a five-month spell over winter and spring, returning to the track earlier this month. He showed the break had done him the world of good by recording a “soft win” over the 1609m at Menangle in a mile rate of 1:50.9. My Field Marshal is here for our two big races - the Group 1 Fremantle Pacing Cup and the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup early next year - and the Butts will be keen to impress the handicapper on Friday night. It’s a ripper of a race and it won’t be a walk in the park for My Field Marshal, but he looks the one they all have to beat. Our Max Phactor, the winner of 10 of his 11 starts at GP, will have plenty of admirers despite drawing wide and facing the best field he’s come up against. Last-start winner Mr Mojito, the evergreen Our Jimmy Johnstone and the consistent Rocknroll Lincoln all have legitimate claims. However, the NSW raider has the score on the board and seems certain to prove the testing material over the sprint trip.   Wayne Currall  

FORMER top Kiwi trainer Tim Butt will be hoping stablemate flagbearer My Field Marshal can turn his fortunes around at Gloucester Park tomorrow (Friday) night. Butt’s Miracle Mile winner has drawn well in the first of his three Gloucester Park runs during this raid, the $50,000 Group 2 Village Kid Pace (1730m).  Punters have already backed him in from $2.60 to $2.40 on the Aussie TAB and he looks set to snatch favouritism from comeback pacer Mr Mojito, who opened $2.20 from gate two, but is out to $2.30.  It’s been a tough week for Butt and his open-class pacers with Let It Ride and new addition, Raupakuka Ruler, both running below their best in different races on Boxing Night.  Raukapuka Ruler, who won his first Aussie run for Butt then ran second to My Field Marshal in slick time at Menangle, stopped after leading to finish almost 40m from winner Our Triple Play in the $50,000 Group 2 Shirley Turnbull Memorial (2760m) at Bathurst.  Just before that, Group 1 Blacks A Fake winner Let It Ride did his share of work, but was beaten 10.1m into third spot behind Victoria’s most-improved pacer, Rackemup Tigerpie in the $20,000 Lightning Mile at Ballarat.  They went a sizzling 1min52.1sec mile rate for the 1710m and trainer Mick Stanley has the winner on target for much better races.  Let It Ride didn’t enjoy sitting parked, but battled away fairly. He’s well below the horse who so dominated Queensland’s biggest race in winter and was the one-time Inter Dominion favourite.  Butt is adamant he needs regular hard racing to regain that form.  Back to My Field Marshal at Gloucester Park and he has gate five, plenty of early speed and Anthony Butt is flying across for the drive.  Aside from Mr Mojito, his main rivals have drawn outside him for the back row: Our Max Phactor (six), Our Jimmy Johnstone (seven), Vultan Tin (eight), Rocknroll Lincoln (nine) and Mitch Maguire (10).  “It’s good to get him across early to settle in and have a run at Gloucester Park before the two big races,” Butt said.  “I’m sure he’ll run well and be better for it going into the Fremantle Cup (January 11).”   Adam Hamilton

An oversight from top trainer Tim Butt has ended his Inter Dominion pacing assault. And cost him A$1000 in the process. Butt had his two pacers Let It Ride and Italian Delight withdrawn from their heats at Ballarat on Tuesday and therefore the remainder of the series after he took blood off them today for a routine blood test.  Harness Racing Victoria rules forbid horses having any form of injection used on them for a clear 24 hours before raceday so stewards had little option but to scratch the pair.  The irony is Butt, who until last year trained with great success in Canterbury, actually told the stewards he had broken the rule.  “They rang me to ask how the horses were and I told them I had just taken a blood to have it tested to make sure they were fine,” said Butt.  “Then the told me I can’t do that and it dawned on me, no injections the day before the races even if it is extracting rather than putting anything into the horses.  “It is totally my mistake. I guess in the back of my mind I knew the rule but I honestly didn’t think about it.  “So I will have to cop that and apologise to the owners.” Stewards accepted their was nothing sinister in Butt’s actions and fined him A$1000.  The pair join local star Shadow Sax in being withdrawn from the series yesterday and leave the Kiwi pacing trio of Cruz Bromac, Spankem and I’m Pats Delight as three of maybe only six serious winning chances left for the A$500,000 final on Saturday week. Michael Guerin

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