My Field Marshal has Butt excited

By Adam Hamilton

TIM Butt is more than a tad excited.

 The champion horseman is convinced his stable star My Field Marshal is better now than ever before.

 And that’s hugely exciting with races like the Victoria Cup and Perth Inter Dominion firmly in his sights.

 My Field Marshall, who enjoyed a golden campaign through autumn and winter, returns from a freshen-up at Menangle on Saturday night.

 And he’s a $1.70 favourite with the Aussie TAB to make lightwork of the outside draw (gate 12, comes into 10 after emergencies come out) in the Group 3 C91.3 FM Pace (1609m).

 “Gee he seems well. He looks fantastic,” Butt said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s come-on since last campaign.

 “I think all that hard racing at his first real stint in the big league, plus the few weeks rest he had afterwards up there in Queensland has really served him well.

 “It’s great to have him back this week to start his prep for the Victoria Cup.

 “It works well. He runs this week, has next week off, then has two runs in a row before heading into the Victoria Cup (October 14).”

 Beyond that, Butt is excited about being a key player in the Perth Inter Dominion.

 “I think it will really suit him. He’s got as good as chance as any, but you never want to get too far ahead of yourself, look what happened to Hectorjayjay. I feel so sorry for his connections,” Butt said.

 Hectorjayjay, who beat My Field Marshal and others in Group 1 Blacks A Fake in Queensland when they last raced, has been sidelined indefinitely with a suspected ligament tear.

 “It’s swollen and doesn’t look good,” part-owner Gareth Hall said. “We won’t know for sure until then do the scan on Monday, once the swelling has come down, but they think he’ll be out for six to 12 months.

 “We can only hope for a bit of a miracle when they do the scan.”