LEADING New South Wales-based horseman Anthony Butt put himself in the spotlight when he agreed to prepare a massive team for Australia’s biggest owners Emilio and Mary Rosati.
Butt had moved from New Zealand and settled into Victorian before following his elder brother Tim to Sydney to drive for his stable.
But when trainer Noel Daley decided to return to the US, Rosati asked Butt to take over his big team and Butt has tackled the task with relish and capped it off by preparing the quinella for the Rosatis in tonight’s $200,000 Australian Pacing Gold New South Wales Derby at Club Menangle.
Butt steered Victoria Derby winner Line Up, which worked hard to find the front then defied anything all challengers before scoring a powerful four-metre win from stablemate Perfect Stride, which was driven by Cameron Hart.
Outsider Zeuss Bromac a head away third in 1:52.8 over 2400 metres.
Rosati was naturally ecstatic with the effort of his team.
“We finished first and third in the Victoria Derby in Melbourne and they said to me ‘you’ve got to be happy with that’.” Rosati said.
“I said ‘no, I’d prefer to run first and second’.
“Well, tonight we’ve done that – and yes, it’s as good as it gets.”
Rosati paid special tribute to his wife Mary: “She always says buy, buy, buy, so I have to thank her for that – because I do just that,” joked Rosati.
“And as for Anthony he is doing a phenomenal job – even though we have a long way to go.”
Butt was just as delighted as he headed off to prepare My Field Marshal with brother Tim for the Miracle Mile later on the card.
“This is a world-class facility here at Menangle and we are fortunate to be training here,” Butt said.
“It’s a privilege to be training so many quality horses and I’m rapt to be getting the results.
“My partner Sonya is an important part of this partnership and I have to thank her, as well as the rest of the staff – this is certainly no one-man band, that’s for sure.
“And we’ll all be celebrating well tonight.”