WHEN discussing news of his decision to establish an Australian stable, Tim Butt put it down to a logical move “I’m practically half Aussie anyway!”
One of New Zealand’s most successful horsemen, who has won a host of features in Australia, Butt will begin his transition at the end of the month.
“I make that many trips over there, I’m practically half Aussie anyway,” Butt said. “It will be a permanent move as there are more opportunities in Australia.”
Beginning with a small team in Victoria in preparation for the Pacing Cup on October 14, Butt will eventually move his squad to New South Wales.
Butt plans to increase the numbers once settled in Menangle, while also maintaining a stable on the Shaky Isles.
“I will head to Melbourne in a fortnight with a boutique team,” Butt said. “We’ll stay there for six weeks to get through the Victoria Cup Carnival.
“I will have a training partner looking after the stable of about 15 to 20 horses in New Zealand, while my family and I work about the same number in Sydney.”
Leading Butt’s Australian assault is multiple Group One winner My Field Marshal, which is engaged at Menangle on Saturday night.
A first-up second at the same venue a fortnight ago, the son of Art Major has drawn the outside of the front row over a mile.
“He has improved from his first run back from a short break,” Butt said. “His work has been as solid as ever and he’ll be better again for the run.
“The draw makes it tough, but he’s in good shape and with the right run has to the class to overcome it.”
- PAUL COURTS