Butt to drive in Victoria
19/11/14 JAMIE SEARLE
Christchurch reinsman Anthony Butt will drive in Victoria this weekend.
He has drives at Melton on Friday night and at the Gunbower Cup meeting on Sunday. Gunbower is 272 kilometres from Melbourne's central business district.
Victoria trainer Brent Lilley, of Bolinda, invited Butt across the Tasman because his stable drivers - Rodney Petroff (suspended) and Chris Alford - are unavailable. Alford is in the Australian team competing in the trans-Tasman Drivers' Series at Ascot Park on Sunday.
Butt said he usually drove at feature race meetings in Melbourne and Sydney during the summer, but could extend future visits if opportunities arose.
The horseman mostly drives horses trained by his brother Tim and Nigel McGrath, of Christchurch.
''Tim has cut back and Nigel's team is a bit quiet at the moment. The time suits to spend a bit more time over there [Australia],'' Butt said today