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    WOLF STRIDE winning tonight's Group Two Bendigo Cup - Photo HRV

    TRAINING partners Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt are off to a ‘flying start’. Although they have been a couple since 2014, Smith and Butt... Partners off to a ‘flying start’
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    ALLWOOD STUD 2020

    TRAINING partners Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt are off to a ‘flying start’.

    Although they have been a couple since 2014, Smith and Butt only formed a training partnership as of this season.

    Heading to Tabcorp Park Melton last night, the duo registered their maiden success when Boots Electric captured a Group Three.

    Twenty-four hours later the pair notched their second win – this time in a Group Two!

    With Butt in the cart, the co-trainers secured the Bendigo Cup with rising star Wolf Stride.

    “It’s going well so far,” Butt said. “Maybe I should have done this sooner!

    “Sonya does half the work around the place, so it’s only fair she gets half the credit.

    “We made a decision to have the horses down as co-trained beginning in the new season, but it took a week for us to get the paperwork in and processed.”

    Beginning from the outside of the second row, Wolf Stride gained a three-wide trail during the middle stages before sprinting to a metre-and-a-half win from Fourbigmen, with Sirletic a metre-and-a-half away third.

    Rating 1:55.8 over 2650 metres, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven stretched his record to 12 wins and eight placings from 24 starts for earnings of $201,120.

    “He settled a fair way off the pace, but after getting a trail like he did I was getting pretty confident,” Butt said.

    “He was five-wide around the last turn but he finished off brilliantly.”

    To be given a “few light days” Wolf Stride will then attempt to give Smith and Butt their initial Group One triumph when he contests the Ballarat Cup in a fortnight.

    “We’ll see how he pulls up from tonight but all going well he will head to the Ballarat Cup next,” Butt said.

    “After that we’ll set him for the Hunter Cup two weeks later.”

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