AN IDEAL draw has boosted Tim Butt’s confidence ahead of Friday night’s Newcastle Mile.
Butt will contest the Group One with in-form pacer Let It Ride which has drawn the pole.
Expecting the son of Rock N Roll Heaven to lead, Butt believes Let It Ride can remain in front throughout the 1609-metre sprint.
“It is a very good draw around Newcastle,” Butt said. “He will be coming out looking to lead which is a big advantage on that track.
“The way he is going at the moment I’ve got no doubt he can lead all the way.
“He did well to work to the lead at Menangle at his last start a couple of weeks ago and has been working on well.
“We’ll just have to see how it plays out on the night.”
With the $100,000 event also offering the winner a berth in the Miracle Mile, Butt is keen on Let It Ride gaining a ‘golden ticket’ to the southern hemisphere’s premier speed test.
The $1million Ainsworth Miracle Mile is scheduled to be conducted at Club Menangle on March 7.
“It would be ideal if he gets into the Miracle Mile via Newcastle,” Butt said. “Not only does it eliminate the need to go around in the sprints a week before, he can have a few easy days after Friday night before I wind him up again.”
Butt is also looking to qualify My Field Marshal for the Miracle Mile.
Winner of the Grand Circuit event in an Australasian record 1:46.9 in 2018, My Field Marshal has won his last two starts in Menangle.
“He is coming along very well,” Butt said. “He’s in the right form as the Miracle Mile approaches and can hopefully earn another shot at it.
“He’ll go around in the Sprints next week.”