Three chances for Butt to make good


JU­NIOR driver Kim­berly Butt will seek New Zealand Cup week re­demp­tion at Ash­bur­ton to­day.

The reinswoman got her hopes up and al­most caused a mas­sive boilover when $43 chance Mac Almighty hit the front in the last race on New Zealand Cup day on Tues­day.

But the pacer’s run ended and he was claimed by the tenacious Brook­lyn Brawler and run­ner­up Gen­tle Gi­ant in the shadows of the post.

Butt heads to Ash­bur­ton with three chances to avenge that de­feat.

The driver pairs with favoured pair Nui Ba

Den in race 7 and

Bushido in race 9 for Mac Almighty’s trainer, Tim Butt.

Both pac­ers will go into to­day’s races with mi­nor, but pos­si­bly cru­cial, gear ad­just­ments.

Bushido gal­loped in the last 100m of his last start when jump­ing a mark on the Ran­giora track.

To­day the horse will wear a shadow roll to en­sure he does not make that mis­take again.

‘‘Hope­fully, that will work, but he has never showed any signs of do­ing it be­fore, so it was a wee bit out of the blue.’’

Be­fore his last­start ef­fort the horse had pleased in his trial ef­forts and Butt was con­fi­dent Bushido was go­ing to be right in con­tention un­til he gal­loped, she said.

The driver is hop­ing a change of bit will help the con­sis­tent Nui Ba Den get away bet­ter from to­day’s stand­ing start than he did in his most re­cent start when sec­ond at Ti­maru.

‘‘He had a wee gal­lop early at Ti­maru. He just shook his head at the grit, but we have changed his bit since then so, hope­fully, that should make him a bit hap­pier.’’

Butt will also com­bine with the Bill Robert­trained Ma­gastey who has had one start in which he too made a mis­take and went for a gal­lop.

‘’He had been re­ally good with his man­ners in his tri­als be­fore that and he won a work­out last Wed­nes­day in a re­ally nice way, so hope­fully he can bring that form and be there­abouts.’’

Kim­berly Butt

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