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Trainer to give horses another shot on 'first class' track

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Trainer to give horses another shot on

By Glenn Davis

Three months on from celebrating his biggest thrill in racing, trainer Terry Butts is contemplating retirement for two his three horses he has in work in Townsville.

On July 8, Butts claimed the $70,000 Newmarket Handicap at Mackay with Accidental while stablemate Cleaver postponed retirement following his win in the George Moore “Cotton Fingers” Sprint (1050m) the same day.
The pair has failed to win again in three subsequent starts and will clash for a second successive time in the Open Handicap (1000m) at Townsville’s new look Cluden Park on Friday.
Accidental finished seventh behind Grand Emperor at his last start over 1100 metres at Mackay on September 16 while Cleaver could manage only ninth in the same race.
“The track was too hard for both of them at Mackay and I’m running them again to see if they can improve on our new track which is first class,” Butts said.

“I’ve been trying to retire them both for some time but every time I plan to do it they can showing me a reason not to.

“I had Accidental up for sale and while we’ve had some response I don’t think there’s much interest from people to buy horses at the moment.”

Eight-year-old Accidental has started 58 times for 13 wins and 12 placings and has earned more than $225,000 in prizemoney during his career.

Cleaver hasn’t earned as much but has still collected more than $177,000 for connections with nine wins and 25 placings from 72 starts.

“Cleaver is a nine-year-old now and he’s done enough,” Butts said.

“He’s been a good little horse and has well and truly paid his way but I can’t retire him just yet because of my other horse, Gold Cufflinks which won at Townsville last start.

“I’m thinking of sending Gold Cufflinks to Brisbane for a race shortly but he won’t go on a float unless Cleaver is with him.

“They’ve become great mates. In fact, Cleaver is Gold Cufflink’s soul mate.”

While the curtain may be coming down on Accidental and Cleaver, 73-year-old Butts has no plans to join them.

“Every year I stop training around this time because it just gets too hot for the horses but I’ll start up again after the summer,” he said.

Racing Queensland webnews  October 4

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