Image: Ashlea Brennan Photography
Risk versus reward is something that everyone contemplates in life. In sport, it is apparent in so many ways. Last night for Tim Butt and his family the reward was ever so sweet when My Field Marshal saluted in the Miracle Mile, in a stunning time of 1:46.9.
A few months ago Butt made the move to base his training operation in Australia at the Menangle Park Training Centre. A bold decision for a Kiwi who had a well established and successful training operation based in Canterbury, New Zealand.
Fast forward to last night and Butt is now the trainer of the fastest ever pacer in the Southern Hemisphere and the reigning Miracle Mile champion, arguably Australia’s greatest event for standardbred pacers. Bravo Tim and bravo My Field Marshal.
Since moving to Menangle Butt’s horses have been regular users of the Aquagait Water Walker. Every trainer uses our water walker for different purposes. Some use it on ‘off’ days instead of a jog, some use it as part of a 3 or 4 day cycle to mix up routines and others use it after race day to help their horses recover.
Butt however has been consistent with his approach, using it predominantly as cool down therapy post track work to all his horses in their recovery. My Field Marshal is just one of Butt’s horses that pretty much every second day spends 20 to 30 minutes post a track hit out cooling down on our Water Walker.
With only a modest yet growing number of horses in work, Butt has been extremely successful in his short time here. He has won a Miracle Mile, ran second in the Chariots of Fire and been a regular in the winners circle on most Tuesdays and Saturdays at Menangle.
We would like to thank Tim for his support and congratulate him and his team on their professional approach to training their horses. There is no doubt they will be a force for a long time to come.