Champion driver Anthony Butt has answered an SOS from his Kiwi mates to drive some of the biggest stars of the TAB Constellations this weekend.
Butt, a Kiwi now based in Victoria, will fly up Friday to drive Copy That in a crucial Albion Park trial and stay to partner glamour Kiwi pair Krug and Amazing Dream when they open their Queensland raids at Redcliffe on Saturday night.
“They are three of the best horses out of NZ, it’s an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Butt said.
“It’s turned out really well, I didn’t have any of my own (stable) horses going to the carnival, but wanted to be part of it with all the exciting changes they’ve made.
“It’s become a real destination carnival and I’d love to pick up one of the big ones.”
Butt will be driving the superstar trio for the first time.
“The Copy That team rang me a while back and asked if I’d drive him. I want to drive him in the trial this week to get a feel for him before he races the week after,” he said.
“We know how good he is when he’s right and Ray (Green, trainer) seems really happy with how he’s settled-in (in Queensland).
“I think the Krug crew and Nathan Purdon (trainer of Amazing Dream) heard I was going up to drive Copy That and didn’t have drivers locked in for their horses so I’m on them at Redcliffe too.”
Amazing Dream will be in action at Redcliffe on Saturday night.Source:Supplied
Redcliffe is a very unique triangle track, but unlike many top drivers, Butt actually has a fair bit of experience around it.
“I’ve been there a few times, going back to when I was a junior driver in the 1980s. I drove Flashing Red there in the Redcliffe Cup one year and actually won the (Redcliffe) Derby a couple of years back on our own horse, Make Way,” he said.
That experience will be crucial with Krug and Amazing Dream on Saturday night.
“It’s a different sort of track, but Krug and Amazing Dream are very experienced and shouldn’t have any issues,” Butt said.
Butt will drive Copy That and Amazing Dream through the Carnival, except if they clash in the finale, the $250,000 Group 1 TAB Blacks A Fake on July 24. He’s committed to Copy That.
In other news, Luke McCarthy confirmed his star trio – King Of Swing, Expensive Ego and Spirit Of St Louis – would all run next at Albion Park on Saturday week.
“I was really pleased with all their wins the other night and they’ve come through well. One more run before the big races will top them off nicely,” he said.
Asked whether he could be tempted to switch to Expensive Ego when he clashes with King Of Swing, McCarthy said: “No, I’ll stick with King. David Moran drove Expensive Ego in the Miracle Mile and the connections want him again whenever I can’t drive him.”
Originally published asTop driver answers Constellations SOS from mates
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