ALTHOUGH nominated for next month’s A G Hunter Cup, rising star Bettermatch is unlikely to make the trip to Victoria for the Grand Circuit event.
Discussing his plans following Bettermatch’s triumph at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night, Butt revealed he is focusing on local features with the son of Kenneth J.
As such, Bettermatch will continue to make his way through the grades in preparation for the Carnival of Miracles, which begins on February 16.
“At this stage he will just stay in Sydney,” Butt said. “Mainly because of his inexperience as he’s not quite at that level yet…plus to avoid the travel.
“The Miracle Mile heats are the main aim as he is pretty good over a mile and comes off speed well.
“I’d love to see him in the one-one and coming out when they’re going 1:48, which is the kind of speed they’ll be running in the Miracle Mile heats.”
With Chris Geary holding the reins during his latest win, Bettermatch was pushed forward from barrier 10 to work to the lead as Vinny Chase was eased to take a trail.
Allowed to roll along at a steady tempo, Bettermatch was untouched on his way to a two-and-a-half metre win from Vinny Chase, with Southern Gnp three-and-a-half metres away third.
Covering the 1609-metre sprint in 1:53.1, the six-year-old extended his record to an impressive 14 wins and a third from 17 starts.
“I was pretty confident with him as it wasn’t the strongest field on paper,” Butt said. “Once he got to the front it was all over.
“He just did it as he pleased and won with a bit up his sleeve.”