FORMER Kiwis Tim and Anthony Butt have mixed it and matched it with the best horsemen and women at Menangle since setting up camp there a couple of years ago.
Besides preparing two of the best horses in harness racing in My Field Marshal and Let It Ride, trainer Tim has continued to build a sizable team from his Menangle Training Centre base.
Yet they love the square-gaiters too and few reinsman in the Southern Hemisphere can boast a record with the trotters quite like Anthony Butt.
The pair will release their next trotting hope at Menangle today when the beautifully-bred trotter The Golden Lion makes his debut at Menangle in Race 3, the Access Group Solutions Trotters Mobile.
Tim has taken plenty of time with this gelded son of Peak and he has had three Menangle trials in recent weeks for a win, a third and a fourth with Anthony taking the reins each time.
The Golden Lion has drawn gate three today in a race for the T0-T1 trotters and should be able to open his account with a win and the TAB must agree as he has been listed as a $2.50 favourite for his race debut.
Anthony is finding his services in demand and he has picked up a few lucrative ‘outside’ drives as well.
He will drive the talented Flingandwingit for trainer Steven Duffy in Race 1 and after wins at two of his past four starts, the trotter has been kept safe in the betting as a $5 third favourite.
Butt will then drive $6 second favourite Reign On Me for his partner Sonya Smith in Race 5, with the mare chasing her fourth win from her past six starts.
In Race 6, Anthony and Tim will again combine when Dizzy Miss Lizzy, a first-up winner from New Zealand in March, attempts to break a frustrating run of recent minor placings.
Anthony then takes a rare drive for ‘Team Tritton’ when he climbs into the gig behind the speedy Eh Ef El for co-trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton.
The Christian Cullen gelding has been installed a $3.50 favourite after drawing the coveted pole and Butt will no doubt be looking for an all-the-way win in Race 7.
Anthony ends a hectic day when he drives the smart Magic Oats for Pete Russo in Race 8, the National Trotguide Claiming Pace.
While Russo also has Majestic Major in the race, the stable might be flat out holding off the Leon Jurd stable, which boasts four of the 12 starters.