By Adam Hamilton
TWO down, one to go.
That’s the scenario with former star Kiwi pacer My Field Marshal and his Perth raid.
Trainer Tim Butt’s last-minute decision to plunder the Perth summer riches has so proven an inspired move.
My Field Marshal followed a lead-up Group 2 Village Kid Sprint win on December 28 with last night’s $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup.
And next stop in next Friday night’s $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup.
“Draws have been very kind so far and we’re probably due a bad one, but he’s absolutely thrived over here,” Butt said. “I thought coming across it was the best preparation he’d had in a long, long time and he’s still on the up. I think he’ll tighten-up a little more again from last night’s win going into next week.”
My Field Marshal speared to the front from gate two, but, as expected, was kept honest with a string of midrace challenges ensuring splits of 28.9 and 29.7sec at the start of the last mile.
“You’d expect pressure in a big race and we got it, but it wasn’t anything over the top,” Butt said.
“Ants (Butt, driver) said he felt great down the back straight, then when straightened for home he though they might get him, but on the line he was pulling away again.
“It was a really good win because it’s against his sit-sprint style, where he’s at his absolute best. And it was 2500m and he’s at his very best in sprint races.”
My Field Marshal beat a gallant Galactic Star – one of Team Bond’s seven runners in the race – by 1.2m with another two metres away to Vultan Tin in third spot.
The mile rate was a brisk 1min55.6sec.
“Fingers crossed he draws well again next week,” Butt said. “Depending on how he comes through next week, I’ll probably go to the Hunter Cup two weeks later, but I’ve got the option of skipping that and just focusing on the Miracle Mile.”