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Marshal motoring along
19 September 2017
By Adam Hamilton

NEXT stop Victoria for My Field Marshal.

Trainer Tim Butt declared his stable star right on target for the Victoria Cup after a narrow, but impressive Menangle win last Saturday night.

My Field Marshal’s next and only other lead-up run will be in the $50,000 Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint (1720m) at Melton on October 6.

The rescheduled $200,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup is eight days later at the same track.

“He’s right where I want him,” Butt said. “We’ve had to drive him outside of his comfort zone in these two recent Menangle races because he’s been the best horse in the race and drawn the outside.

“The problem with sitting parked with him is that he’s a bugger for wanting to loaf when he hits the front.

“He did that when Little Rascal nabbed him two starts back and wanted to do it again the other night, but lifted enough to hold them off. He’s got more left that it looks, but he’s a better chaser than leader.”

Despite doing all the work, My Field Marshal hit the lead early in the straight and held-off Allblack Stride to win by a neck in a slick 1min51.9sec mile.

Butt, who announced last week he was setting-up a Menangle stable and spending much of his time in NSW, will first head to Melbourne on Tuesday week.

“I’ll be down in Melbourne for five weeks. Let It Ride, who is a serious horse, is coming across to join My Field Marshal down there,” Butt said.

“The 4&5YO Championship (November 11, at Melton) is the main goal with him down there.”

Butt said it was a busy, but exciting time for the stable.

“It’s great to be going into partnership with Jonny Cox back home and to be getting serious about a team at Menangle,” he said.

“I’m really excited about the Menangle team and committed to making a splash with a nice bunch of horses.”


Cox to join Butt in partnership
15 September 2017
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Trainer Tim Butt has confirmed he will take Jonny Cox in to a training partnership from the start of December.

Butt is moving to Sydney to train at Menangle next week and will go back and forth between there and his existing West Melton base between then and Cup Week, in early-mid November.

After that he will move permanently to Sydney and Cox will transition from his current job with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen to take over the remainder of Butt’s New Zealand stable.

“He’s a good horseman with a lot of experience and I was thrilled to get him,” said Butt.

“He was brought up in Southland, which is a good grounding for a horseman, and he gets on really well with the existing team here.”

Stable star Field Marshal has been in Sydney all Winter and will be joined next week by Butt, Letsgotothehop and Let It Ride.

“Then, after Cup Week, Daryl Boko, Lanikai and Lady Chatto will head over,” said Butt.

“Jonny, Michael Palermo and Kim (Butt) will still have a team of about 18 to go with here.”

Cox says it will be difficult leaving the All Stars operation, but the move feels like the right one for him.

“I had a wee while to think about it and made sure it was going to be the right thing for me and (partner) Kim.

“It’s a great opportunity and really, too good a one to pass up.

“Leaving Mark and Nat’s was the main thing I had to consider and it was in the back of my mind.

“My time here has worked out well being able to work in the mornings and then do my own team or go to the trials in the afternoon.

“But at the end of the day it was a part-time job against a full-time commitment.

“I’m sad to leave there as they have given me some great opportunities.”

Cox drove Elle Mac to Group 1 glory for Purdon and Rasmussen at Alexandra Park back in April.

He is no stranger to training a sizeable team – he prepared 52 winners in two seasons in partnership with Amber Hoffman when based in Otago between 2013 and 2015.

It was with Hoffman that Cox achieved his crowning glory as a trainer and driver – a win in the 2014 Dominion Handicap with Jaccka Justy.

Cox's current team, which will join him at Butt’s property in November, includes the likes of Gupta’s Cullen, Takitimu Express and Franco Saxon.

“We are hoping to be completely moved and settled by the 1st of December,” said Cox.

“We’ll get through Cup Week with the All Stars and then start organising the shift.”

Cox says that while Butt is taking a number of the stable’s better horses, there will still be plenty of young horses, and those owned by people who want them racing locally, to go on with.

“Syd Brown has got a few nice ones and there are enough young ones to keep us going.

“As well that there are some nice country cups type horses there, so plenty to work with.

“Add in my current race team and we will be very busy.”


Butt back in the big time
02 April 2016
By Matt Markham

Tim Butt is just happy to have a good horse again.

It’s been slim pickings for the master horseman for a few years now, but last night he showed he’s still got some of the old magic when Field Marshal downed Locharburn in the Four and Five-Year-Old Superstars.

And the West Melton horseman is now thinking a little bigger with a North Island raid on the agenda.

“We haven’t knocked him around much this season, instead it’s just been him doing his thing really,” Butt said.

“But we will get a little more serious with him now. He can head up to Auckland for the Taylor Mile and the Messenger and then onto the Jewels before he has a spell.

“I think he’s going to come back a pretty good horse next season because of the fact we haven’t pushed him too much this season. So hopefully I’m right.”

Raced by long-time stable supporters, Syd and Shona Brown, Field Marshal has been with Butt since pretty much the beginning, although his career has been challenge.

A talented two-year-old he ran third behind Follow The Stars in a Breeders Crown, but wind issues restricted him significantly. Eventually Butt decided to have the horse operated on and it’s been a master stroke.

In eight starts this season the son of Art Major and Foreal has won six and once placed second with his only miss a fourth in the Central Otago Cup back in January.

Given a dream run in the one out one back spot by fill-in driver, Blair Orange, Field Marshal jogged to the lead half way down the straight but then had to pull out all the stops to fend off the challenge of a brave Locharburn who came from last.

Locharburn lost no admirers with his effort, especially on such a quick back up from the Easter Cup a week ago.

Later in the night Lazarus readied himself for next week’s New Zealand Derby with a determined victory in the Flying Stakes where he downed Classie Brigade and Swamp Major.

The boom colt drifted back to last before moving around the field to sit outside Classie Brigade with just under a lap to run and once Mark Purdon balanced him around the final bend he set down the task and delivered once again.

“He’s never really handled that last bend here that well,” Purdon said after the race.

“But tonight he actually handled it the best he’s ever done so that’s a good sign. I know he will improve for next week too, he’s still carrying a little bit of condition.”

The big news out of Lazarus’ performance last night was the decision that he will head to the paddock after next week’s Derby and skip the Harness Jewels.

Connections of the horse have decided they want to tackle the New Zealand Trotting Cup next year and in order to do so they would need to miss the Jewels.

That means it is possible that the three-year-old colt and geldings category, which looked set to be won by Lazarus, Waikiki Beach or Chase The Dream will more than likely be won by a completely different horse.


Hunter Cup: Butt Declares Sish's Stamina The Key
29 January 2014
by Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria
Hunter Cup: Butt Declares Sish's Stamina The Key

If Christchurch pacer Mah Sish steps well and leads in Saturday night’s Group 1 Del-Re National Food Group AG Hunter Cup, driver Anthony Butt has promised to make the race a “survival of the fittest”.

Butt, a seven-time winning driver of the Hunter Cup, said he was pleased reigning champion Mah Sish had drawn pole position in his bid at back-to-back glory.

“It’s better than being wide on the second row,” he said.

“Mah Sish is a very good frontrunner and a great stayer. If I’m in front heading into the first corner, I’m more than likely going to stay there.”

The seven-year-old New Zealand-trained pacer, from the Tim Butt stable, returned to form last weekend at Ballarat, leading all the way to win The Pure Steel by 2.8m.

Butt admitted the horse had been racing below his best for most of his preparation before last weekend, but hopes the son of Mach Three has turned the corner at the right time.

“His form has certainly been patchy,” he said.

“There was nothing we could put our finger on. He raced really good all summer last year then we took him for the Miracle Mile and he just didn’t fire. Maybe he got a bit crook and took some time to recover.

“At Ballarat he was back to his best. Every time I clicked him up he really responded. He felt much better.”

Butt said the stand-start conditions of the $400,000 Hunter Cup meant planning pre-race tactics was fraught with danger as a lot depended on which horses stepped away best on the night.

Mah Sish is generally safe from the tapes, with four wins and three placings from 14 career stand-start runs.

Butt said pocketing another Hunter Cup would be a special achievement.

“It’s definitely one of the iconic races on the Australasian calendar. Once you’ve won it once, you’ve got a taste for it and you want more.”

The star reinsman was also glowing about the race conditions changing this year, suggesting removing handicaps meant the event would attract the best of the best.

“It brings the superstars who might not have previously contested it back into the race,” he said.

“It’s a really good, even field. There are not many of the 13 or 14 horses who you’d say can’t win it this year.”


SIX NZ CUP ENTRIES FROM PREMIER STABLES
31 August 2013

2013 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - Nominations Released.....click here to see PDF list



"European Trotters for Premier Stables."
10 June 2013

Premier-Stables-european-trotter- for-syndicationPremier Stables are in the process of purchasing 3 high class European trotters to race downunder. In an exciting development, Tim has been seaching for the right horses for some time, and through our agents in Europe have come up with 3 outstanding prospects.

One is a 6yo Group 1 winner in Europe and ready to go straight into our Group 1 racing in NZ and Australia. The other 2 are 5yo's with very exciting potential. All 3 are beautifully bred Stallions, and will have enormous appeal at Stud when their racing careers are over.

"With the proven ability of the European trotters and the huge prizemoney now on offer in NZ and Australia for the Trotters, I think these horses are great prospects. I am really looking forwad to their arrival and hitting our tracks'' said Tim.

Tim is putting together a syndicate of 8 shares of 12.5% each to race all 3 Trotters together and anyone interested in more details please contact us.

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Elusive Chick nails 4yo $150,000 Diamond
Harnesslink Admin 01-Jun-2013

Elusive Chick out-muscles her 11 opponents to win the GP1 4YO Jewels Diamond for maresAfter finishing runner-up in last year's Harness Jewels Finals the Tim Butt trained Elusive Chick has gone one better in 2013, winning today's (Saturday June 1) $150,000 Woodlands Stud Diamond for 4yo harness racing pacing mares.

After getting a beautiful run through from the second row the daughter of McArdle settled in the one-one before going up to be parked.

She then out-muscled her 11 opponents to get up in the shadows of the post to down Windinherhair in what was her her ninth victory.

Co-owner Greg Ayers said Elusive Chick had been knocking on the door all season without landing a big race win.

"It was great to finally get a big one especially after being relegated to second in last year's 3-year-old Sales Series Final.

"It has been a great training effort by Tim Butt considering she has been up all season," Ayers said.

"It was a great drive by Anthony (Butt)," he added.

It was (Anthony) Butt's fourth driving success in the Jewels.

He was stoked with the head victory.

"The winning margin might not have been much but I was always confident of winning. The race panned out perfectly from the second row draw.

"I had to make a call down the back whether to hook out or not. In the end it worked out perfect,"Butt said.

Winner's time:1:54.71

Last 800m: 54.71.

Last 400m: 25.96

Second: Windinherhair (Nicky Chilcott).

Third: Pemberton Shard (Ricky May).

Margins: Head, neck, long neck.

Winning dividend:$2.70.

Trainer: Tim Butt.

Owner: D. N. Jones, Mrs A.C.S Jones, G.A. Ayers, G. T. Tomes, Mrs K.M. Tomes, G.R. McConchie.

Breeder: D. N. Jones, Mrs A.C.S Jones.

If Christchurch pacer Mah Sish steps well and leads in Saturday night’s Group 1 Del-Re National Food Group AG Hunter Cup, driver Anthony Butt has promised to make the race a “survival of the fittest”.

Butt, a seven-time winning driver of the Hunter Cup, said he was pleased reigning champion Mah Sish had drawn pole position in his bid at back-to-back glory.

“It’s better than being wide on the second row,” he said.

“Mah Sish is a very good frontrunner and a great stayer. If I’m in front heading into the first corner, I’m more than likely going to stay there.”

The seven-year-old New Zealand-trained pacer, from the Tim Butt stable, returned to form last weekend at Ballarat, leading all the way to win The Pure Steel by 2.8m.

Butt admitted the horse had been racing below his best for most of his preparation before last weekend, but hopes the son of Mach Three has turned the corner at the right time.

“His form has certainly been patchy,” he said.

“There was nothing we could put our finger on. He raced really good all summer last year then we took him for the Miracle Mile and he just didn’t fire. Maybe he got a bit crook and took some time to recover.

“At Ballarat he was back to his best. Every time I clicked him up he really responded. He felt much better.”

Butt said the stand-start conditions of the $400,000 Hunter Cup meant planning pre-race tactics was fraught with danger as a lot depended on which horses stepped away best on the night.

Mah Sish is generally safe from the tapes, with four wins and three placings from 14 career stand-start runs.

Butt said pocketing another Hunter Cup would be a special achievement.

“It’s definitely one of the iconic races on the Australasian calendar. Once you’ve won it once, you’ve got a taste for it and you want more.”

The star reinsman was also glowing about the race conditions changing this year, suggesting removing handicaps meant the event would attract the best of the best.

“It brings the superstars who might not have previously contested it back into the race,” he said.

“It’s a really good, even field. There are not many of the 13 or 14 horses who you’d say can’t win it this year.”



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