MY FIELD MARSHAL will attempt to join a past great at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday.
Although trained in Victoria, former iron-horse Smoken Up thrived when visiting Menangle, with many saying the gelding “owned” the track.
Given Smoken Up’s record at the venue includes seven Group One triumphs, it’s easy to understand the sentiment.
Smoken Up’s tally includes being the only multiple winner of the Len Smith Mile – a feature he captured a remarkable four times.
Among those victories is Smoken Up’s 1:48.5 performance to become the first standardbred in the southern hemisphere to better 1:50.
As for My Field Marshal, he will contest this weekend’s edition of the prestigious sprint as the defending champion.
The Tim Butt-trained son of Art Major annexed last season’s running in 1:50.2, with his time second only to Smoken Up on the honour roll.
Thanks to his Miracle Mile success last February, My Field Marshal also holds a title once belonging to Smoken Up…that of the southern hemisphere’s fastest, with a time of 1:46.9.
“He is feeling great,” Butt said. “I’m very happy with him.
“He had bit of a blood disorder, but I’m on top of that. With the throat operation he had when the weather gets chilly he can get a cold, but it’s all clear now.
“I am actually pretty bullish about his chances.”
Second in the Golden Mile a fortnight ago, My Field Marshall has drawn the pole, with Butt indicating the stallion will be sent forward at the start.
“It’s a good draw and the plan is to make the most of it…especially early,” Butt said. “He will come out humming and then we’ll see what happens from there.
“Soho Tribeca has drawn alongside us and is without doubt the one to beat.”