TRAINER Tim Butt admits Australasia’s fastest pacer My Field Marshal can be a punter’s nightmare – at times.
And his seventh at Tabcorp Park Menangle last weekend probably proved that when the $1.70 favourite was soundly beaten by Mach Doro, Ultimate Art and Epaulette in the $30,000 Brian Hancock Cup.
Yet Butt says the son of Art Major, which went 1:46.9 just six weeks ago to win the Ainsworth Miracle Mile, can give a good account of himself at Menangle in Saturday night’s $20,000 Macarthur BMW Pace despite his wide draw.
“You know what you’re going to draw beforehand, so there’s no qualms there, but it does make it tough,” Butt said. “But that’s the style of racehorse he is.
“If they go fast early you’re alright, but if they go slow early and then come home in 53, then you have no show of making ground.”
My Field Marshal has raced against his major rival Franco Nelson a few times and the last time they met was the Canadian Club Sprint, a traditional lead-up to the Miracle Mile.
On that occasion My Field Marshal finished a close second to Tiger Tara, with Franco Nelson in fifth spot.
Of course it’s been well documented how My Field Marshal then came out and smashed the clock in the Miracle Mile while the same night Franco Nelson also impressed everyone on track with a 1:53.2 effort to win the Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All, prompting his co-trainer Shane Tritton to lament that he had missed a start in the Miracle Mile where he would have acquitted himself well.
Butt says he was reasonably happy with My Field Marshal’s run despite last week’s defeat.
“He did cop a bit of a check which knocked the stuffing out of him a bit,” Butt said. “Actually he’s probably more suited to the big races when they go like hell and he can sit back and smoke his pipe, so to speak.
“He’s actually a bit of a punter’s nightmare because although he won the Miracle Mile he’s not going to come out and just dominate in his races left, right and centre.”