Jack Butler has made another flyer to the new season.
Fresh from another century season during the 2017/18 term, his third straight, the former Bathurst horseman has jumped out of the blocks quickly and currently leads the way in the Sunshine State.
Boasting 11 victories from his 34 starters to date, Butler is hungry to reach triple figures again.
Butler has tallied seasons of 110, 119 and 111; he is now firmly established in the top bracket of trainers in Queensland.
And he has a number of good chances again this weekend.
Butler will take a team of 7 pacers to Albion Park this Saturday night.
“If I was to nominate my best chance I would have to say Mandy Kriden, the mare is absolutely flying at presently and looks well suited against her opposition this weekend. Her past three wins have been really impressive in different ways so I’m confident she’ll race well again.” Butler said.
Based at Logan Village on the south side of Brisbane, Butler has severely cut numbers with the change in season and is now working a team of 25.
At one point last season, the numbers swelled to over 40.
A season highlight last season was evergreen performer Markey Oh Markey taking the $20,630 Flashing Red Handicap at Albion Park; the stable stalwart is a last start winner and lines up in the Remembering Speed Ace Open this weekend.
Markey Oh Markey takes on the likes of Ohoka Punter, Bodhi Tree, Glenferrie Hood and Alleluia in the 1660m event.
“He’s a great old performer and he’s back in good form again, this week looks a lot tougher but he’s drawn the rail and can fill a place. When he won the Flashing Red, it was a great feeling because he’s been part of the stable ever since we made the permanent move up here.
“The century probably took a little longer and was a little harder compared to previous seasons but we got there in the end and it’s very satisfying. Tara (wife) and Chloe (daughter) play such an integral part of my success while having Brendan (Barnes – driver) back is great because I believe in his ability.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead, it will be a challenge again and hopefully we can generate some new clients and stock and keep building on what we achieved so far. Chloe is likely to make her driving debut at some point this season which will be exciting, here’s hoping for another century.”
Butler enjoyed good success with pacers and trotters last season and has a number of new trotters in his care.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | September 13 | Photo by Dan Costello