PROMINENT Australian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth have purchased yet another quality pacer.
Promising Southland pacer Crime Scene has been sold to the Melbourne couple, who are sending him to trainer Kerryn Manning.
“We’ve got expectations of taking him to Perth for the good four-year-old races in December,” Merv said.
“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 of 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 stated 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,” Butterworth said. “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,” Butterworth said. “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 Meteor 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, which begins at Gloucester Park on November 24.
The couple are also hopeful of having a representative in the series from Manning’s stable.
“We are hoping Mr Mojito (ranked 34) can make it through in to the top 30 as well,” Butterworth said. “He’s won his last two starts and will most probably start favourite again at Melton tonight.”