A - Z New Zealand Cup : R
There are 9 days to the New Zealand Cup
From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities with a new letter for each day.
R = Robin
The 1984 New Zealand Cup belonged to R.D. (Robin) Butt and Camelot after a squirmish with 700 metres to go put an end to the chances of seven rivals.
Camelot, the favourite, edged out pacemaker Dillon Dale and Hands Down to give the then 41 year old Butt his biggest moment in racing.
Altogether he drove 387 winners (1961-2009). Robin Butt is the father of David, and grand-father of Bob and part of the wider Butt-Jones-Prendergast-Dalgety family.
Robin’s nephew Anthony Butt won three New Zealand Cups with Flashing Red (2006 -2007) and Blossom Lady (1992).