WITH his Victorian campaign cut short following a disappointing run last month, Let It Ride will renew his bid for feature race glory at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Finishing at the tail of the field – beaten 100 metres – in the Shepparton Cup on January 12, Let It Ride was sent back to trainer Tim Butt’s New South Wales base to be freshened up.
Impressed with the five-year-old’s progress, Butt is pressing ahead with hopes of having Let It Ride in the Miracle Mile on March 2.
The first step towards the southern hemisphere’s premier sprint is a 2300-metre race this weekend.
Should Let It Ride return to his Group One winning best Butt will then enter the son of Rock N Roll Heaven in one of the Miracle Mile qualifiers in a fortnight.
“He is feeling pretty good,” Butt said. “It’s the best I’ve had him for a long time.
“He did run some good races in Victoria, but didn’t go any good at his last start.
“We decided to lead with him that night and in hindsight it probably wasn’t right thing to do.
“He has drawn wide in 10 on Saturday night, but will run a good race.”
In other news from the Butt stable, defending Miracle Mile champion My Field Marshal is due to trial at Menangle on Tuesday.
The son of Art Major was given a break following his successful Western Australian campaign which netted three wins from four starts, including the Group One Fremantle Cup.
My Field Marshal captured last season’s Miracle Mile in an Australasian record 1:46.9.
“I’ve got him in the trials on Tuesday and he is feeling magnificent,” Butt said. “Everything is spot on for the Miracle Mile heats.”