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    MERV and MEG BUTTERWORTH with Kerryn Manning after winning the 2015 A G Hunter Cup with Arden Rooney

    ALTHOUGH drawn to maintain his perfect Australian record, Steam Punk is going to find his pending assignment a difficult one. That’s the call from... Punk drawn to maintain perfect record

    ALTHOUGH drawn to maintain his perfect Australian record, Steam Punk is going to find his pending assignment a difficult one.

    That’s the call from owner Merv Butterworth when discussing Steam Punk’s prospects in The Graduate at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

    A recent arrival from New Zealand, Steam Punk is unbeaten from two starts for champion horsewoman Kerryn Manning.

    Facing just five opponents, the son of Mcardle is expected to settle in a prominent position from the pole.

    “He has done everything well so far, but that said, he hasn’t really beaten much,” Butterworth said.

    “This will be a real test for him, so it will be interesting to see how he goes.

    “The draw is in his favour and hopefully he can get a good run from there.

    “If he gets a fair crack at them, which he should in a small field, we’ll learn a bit more about him.”

    Selecting Always Fast as the one to beat, Butterworth believes Fourbigmen is the runner most likely to upset the favourite.

    Always Fast and Fourbigmen are prepared by premier trainer Emma Stewart who will also be represented by Perfect Major.

    Always Fast tops Tab Fixed Odds markets at $2.60 from barrier two, with Fourbigmen on the third line of betting at $3.50 from gate three.

    Malcolms Rhythm splits the pair at $3.10 despite being the widest drawn runner.

    “Always Fast would be the one to beat, but Emma’s horses are always tough to beat,” Butterworth said.

    “Like I mentioned, if we can get the right run we might surprise a few.”

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