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Crime Scene sold to Butterworths

Promising Southland pacer Crime Scene has been sold to Melbourne couple Merv and Meg Butterworth.

The son of Bettor’s Delight landed in Sydney this morning and will soon join the stable of the Butterworths’ main trainer in Victoria, Kerryn Manning.

“We’ve got expectations of taking him to Perth for the good four-year-old races in December,” said Merv Butterworth.

“Along with Motu Meteor, who has come up really well, we will hopefully have two of them in the classics.”

Crime Scene was an impressive winner at Gore on August 27 in what was his first run back for the new season for trainer Clark Barron.

He followed that up with a close second behind the classy Tas Man Bromac at Winton on September 7.

Butterworth has always been a big buyer of Southland stock, especially in the Spring but says he was only focussing on buying potential top-liners at the moment.

“We weren’t really in the market unless a horse like Crime Scene came along.

“He’s a Bettor’s Delight, he’s only four, he’s only had 10 starts and his form is strong.

“All the dots just joined up for us.”

Another horse the Butterworths previously purchased from Barron, Im Full Of Excuses, is doing an excellent job in West Australia and is targeting the upcoming Inter Dominion series.

“He is one of four horses that Ross Olivieri has nominated for the Inter Dominion Series for us.

“Two of them, Johnny Fox and Itz Bettor To Win, are probably going be beaten by the calendar, but we expect to have Im Full Of Excuses and Motu Premier there from Ross’ stable.”

They are ranked 21 and 22 and in the initial rankings of 97 horses, with only the top 30 getting starts in the series.

The couple are also hopeful of having a representative in the series from Manning’s stable, too.

“We are hoping Mr Mojito (ranked 34) can make it through in to the top 30 as well.

“He’s won his last two starts and will most probably start favourite again at Melton tonight.”

Manning also trains the two biggest stars the Butterworths own in Arden Rooney and Golden Goddess.

Arden Rooney, the 2015 New Zealand Cup winner, has not raced since he finished down the track at Addington in the New Zealand Free For All just three days later.

A bad tendon injury will ultimately see him spend two years away from the racetrack.

But, the news is getting better regarding his potential comeback.

“He’s had further leg scans recently and passed them so his workload has been slowly increased.

“If everything goes to plan he will be in full work come December.

“We aren’t going to make any plans at all; we just want to see him pass these next scans in a few months.”

And classy mare Golden Goddess has stayed in Australia with Manning after getting sick back in May.

She won eight races and over $300,000 from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, including a Group 1 win in New Zealand Record time at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve 2015.

“She’s been back pre-training for three weeks.”