Butt boosted by draw

By Adam Hamilton

Now we have a contest.

Kiwi raider Lady Chatto has the barrier draw advantage to really test unbeaten Aussie filly Mysweetchilliphilly in Saturday night’s Group 1 Gold Tiara final at Bathurst.

Lady Chatto looked good winning her Tiara heat at Bathurst last Wednesday, but Shane and Lauren Tritton’s Mysweetchilliphilly looked even better in considerably quicker time.

“If she’d drawn inside us, then we were in trouble, but now we’ve got our chance,” said Lady Chatto’s driver Anthony Butt.

“I was impressed with Lady Chatto in her heat, She pinged out of the gate, raced like a real pro and did it easily.

“Obviously Mysweetchilliphilly ran quicker time and looked very good doing it, but the draw gives us our chance.”

If Lady Chatto shows the early speed she did in her heat, she should work across to lead from gate six.

In contrast, the unbeaten Mysweetchillyphilly, is drawn the back row (gate 10).

“We’ve got a huge opinion of our filly,” co-trainer Shane Tritton said. “The draw makes it a race now. We are following out behind some speed, so we should get amongst it early.”

Amazingly, Butt said this would only be the second time he has driven at Bathurst Gold Crown final night.

“The other time was obviously on the old track 10 or 15 years ago when I drove in both the Crown and Tiara finals, but didn’t have any joy,” he said.

Team Tritton is the dominant force at Bathurst as they also have unbeaten colt Divine State in the Crown final.

He’s been so impressive winning his three starts, not even an outside draw (gate eight) will prevent he from dominating the betting.

“Drawing out there doesn’t bother us. We are very happy with the draw,” Shane Tritton said.