PROMINENT trainer Tim Butt experienced the highs and lows of racing last night.
Beginning with the low, his classy pacer Let It Ride finished down the track in the Shepparton Gold Cup.
After leading from barrier three the gelding was a spent force along the back straight before finishing 100 metres behind the winner, Im Pats Delight.
“He pulled up pretty good, which is pleasing,” Butt said. “He got pully and choked down a bit…when he stopped he stopped pretty badly!
“He will miss the rest of the Melbourne summer races, come back to Sydney and start again
“Hopefully he will be back to his best for Miracle Mile Carnival.”
On the subject of the Miracle Mile, the home of the rich sprint – Tabcorp Park Menangle – was the scene of Butt’s high.
Making her debut for the stable, Cheesy Fingers proved too slick in the J L Raith Memorial.
Driven by James Rattray, the daughter of Betterthancheddar led throughout from barrier three to account for Soho Nolita and Miss Halfpenny in a brilliant 1:50.3 over the mile.
“She arrived on Friday and raced on Saturday so she has done a terrific job,” Butt said. “Brian Hughes trained her in New Zealand and he had her ready to go.
“She’s a nice filly, which is why we bought her.”
A half-sister to former top mare The Orange Agent, Cheesy Fingers is being set for the New South Wales Oaks, which is programmed to be run at Menangle on March 2 – Miracle Mile night.
“The Oaks in Sydney is what we are aiming her at,” Butt said. “After that we will take a look at the Victoria Oaks and the Breeders’ Crown towards the end of the season.”