HE watched star reinsman Luke McCarthy dominate Saturday night’s Menangle meeting with five winners.
Now former Kiwi horseman Anthony Butt is ready for his moment in the sun – are maybe the rain.
Butt will be hoping he can leave a major mark of his own on this afternoon’s meeting at the south-western Sydney circuit with a winning treble – and hopefully even more.
Butt will pilot at least three favourites on the eight-race card; he also takes the steer on another top chance and trains one that his in-form stable employee, Ashley Hart will be hoping can also win.
Butt should strike early in the day when he drives odds-on favourite Equity Stride in Race 2 with the beautifully-bred gelding looking to score his second win from just four starts.
“He had a big of a hang-up last start (finished eighth) so we’re hoping he’ll rectify that today,” said Butt.
“He’s actually a pretty nice horse so I expect him to be hard to beat.”
Butt will also expect to be close to the action with consistent square-gaiter Moonshine Stride in Race 3 with the consistent mare expected to be more than competitive thanks to her normally faultless manners.
He’ll then drive another favourite when the promising Platinum Stride looks to make amends for a first-up narrow defeat when he also starts at prohibitive odds in Race 4.
His biggest danger will be stablemate Radar Stride, who held him out as the pair notched the quinella here last week after Butt admitted pre-race that there was not a lot between the pair and they had been working together and both were capable of winning.
“I’m really pleased with Platinum,” said Butt.
“He couldn’t run down Radar [Stride] the other day when he was first-up from New Zealand.
“But he’s come on from that and he’ll be really hard to beat today.
“Radar just had the easier time in front last time and dashed home in some good quarters, so it was too hard to run him down.
“Platinum had a good record in New Zealand and has settled in really well here.”
Butt then has another terrific chance when he partners unbeaten three-year-old Boots Electric in Race 6.
“He’s had two easy wins and won with plenty in hand both times and I think he’ll be really hard to beat too,” said Butt.
“This bloke is a really nice horse.”
Butt also has the handy Typhoon Stride ($9) in Race 7 but has handed that drive to Ashley Hart.