Day At The Track

Butts rule at Manawatu Raceway on Tuesday

09:56 AM 18 Nov 2008 NZDT
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Catherine Butt David Butt
Catherine Butt
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David Butt
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David and Catherine Butt moved to outright second on the New Zealand training premiership after training half the card at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Palmerston North today (November 18).

The visiting Woodend husband and wife training team moved to 29 wins in 2008-2009 with a further five at Manawatu Raceway. This follows a further seven victories at the two-day meeting at Manawatu on October 30 and November 2.

"I enjoy bringing a team to Palmerston North. It's something I want to do more," David Butt told Harnesslink soon after the start (August 1) of the season.

The Butts, who won the training premiership in 2003-2004; 2005-2006, and 2006-2007, are now eight wins adrift of 2007-2008 champions, Mark Purdon and Grant Payne (Rolleston).

Yesterday David reined four of the stable's five winners, while son Bob drove Christian Cullen 4-year-old mare, Prom Queen to victory in the $6000 Kerb and Concrete Mobile for one and two-win pacers.

Butt's wins were behind Caprock mare, Amorok in race one; Falcon Seelster gelding Habeebee; Tinted Cloud mare Anna Livia; and Day In A Life entire, Day Of Our Lives.

But perhaps the most impressive display of the day came in a $6000 non-winners pace when the Lew Driver (Canterbury) trained 3yo Hezanoperator justified favouritism with a quick (for a maiden) 1:59.3 winning mile rate.

In fact that mile rate was the quickest of the day, even 1.4 seconds slicker than the three to five win pace won by Anna Livia five races later.

Driven by Charlie Driver, Hezanoperator paced the 2500m mobile in 3:15.6 and came his last 800m in 59.8 seconds. It was the son of Badlands Hanover's second win from 20 starts.

Hezanoperator was one of 55 South Island entries for today's first day of the club's two-day meeting. The second day is Thursday.

Duane RANGER (editor)

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