My Field Marshal opens WA campaign

by Adam Hamilton

FORMER top Kiwi trainer Tim Butt will be hoping stablemate flagbearer My Field Marshal can turn his fortunes around at Gloucester Park tomorrow (Friday) night.

Butt’s Miracle Mile winner has drawn well in the first of his three Gloucester Park runs during this raid, the $50,000 Group 2 Village Kid Pace (1730m). 

Punters have already backed him in from $2.60 to $2.40 on the Aussie TAB and he looks set to snatch favouritism from comeback pacer Mr Mojito, who opened $2.20 from gate two, but is out to $2.30. 

It’s been a tough week for Butt and his open-class pacers with Let It Ride and new addition, Raupakuka Ruler, both running below their best in different races on Boxing Night. 

Raukapuka Ruler, who won his first Aussie run for Butt then ran second to My Field Marshal in slick time at Menangle, stopped after leading to finish almost 40m from winner Our Triple Play in the $50,000 Group 2 Shirley Turnbull Memorial (2760m) at Bathurst. 

Just before that, Group 1 Blacks A Fake winner Let It Ride did his share of work, but was beaten 10.1m into third spot behind Victoria’s most-improved pacer, Rackemup Tigerpie in the $20,000 Lightning Mile at Ballarat. 

They went a sizzling 1min52.1sec mile rate for the 1710m and trainer Mick Stanley has the winner on target for much better races. 

Let It Ride didn’t enjoy sitting parked, but battled away fairly. He’s well below the horse who so dominated Queensland’s biggest race in winter and was the one-time Inter Dominion favourite. 

Butt is adamant he needs regular hard racing to regain that form. 

Back to My Field Marshal at Gloucester Park and he has gate five, plenty of early speed and Anthony Butt is flying across for the drive. 

Aside from Mr Mojito, his main rivals have drawn outside him for the back row: Our Max Phactor (six), Our Jimmy Johnstone (seven), Vultan Tin (eight), Rocknroll Lincoln (nine) and Mitch Maguire (10). 

“It’s good to get him across early to settle in and have a run at Gloucester Park before the two big races,” Butt said. 

“I’m sure he’ll run well and be better for it going into the Fremantle Cup (January 11).”

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