Field Marshal Flying
By Adam Hamilton
MIRACLE Mile winner My Field Marshal is primed to add another Group 1 to his CV in tomorrow night’s $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park.
Trainer Tim Butt is adamant this is the best preparation his stable star has had for at least two years.
“I think giving him that long break after the Queensland winter was just what he needed. He’s come back so well,” he said.
“I can’t compare how much better his preparation has been this time to even when he ended up winning the Miracle Mile. It’s been hassle-free.
“It’s really the reason I decided to chase these races in Perth, that and the fact Chicago Bull is on the sidelines.”
My Field Marshal opened his Perth raid with a dominant, front-running win in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint two week’s ago.
He’s drawn ideally in gate two and dominates betting at $1.45 with the Aussie TAB in tomorrow (Friday) night’s feature.
Most expected driver Anthony Butt to utilise My Field Marshal’s gate speed and for the emerging, but as yet untested Saying Grace, to be happy to take a trail on the favourite from the pole.
This is the first two of two major targets in Perth, the second being the $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup a week later.
Then it’s back to Victoria and a tilt at the $500,000 Group 1 Hunter Cup on February 2.
“I’d say the Hunter Cup is a goer providing he comes through these two big races over here as well as I hope. We have to go home (to Sydney) through Melbourne, so it makes sense,” Butt said.
“There’s then two week’s after the Hunter Cup until the Miracle Mile qualifiers.”