Fresh from his Australasian record in Saturday’s Miracle Mile, My Field Marshal will target several more features in the coming months.
And that includes Brisbane.
The 1:46.9 performer will have an easy two weeks resting period before being geared toward a title defense of his Len Smith Mile triumph before heading north to Queensland for the winter carnival in July.
Last year, the Tim Butt trained pacer thundered to victory in the Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle before being a runner-up behind Hectorjayjay in both the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake at Albion Park.
Both Sunshine State features are the focus again.
“He’s having an easy fortnight before we get wound up for races like the Bulli Cup and Len Smith Mile and then we plan on heading north again.” Butt said.
Now based in Sydney, Butt has the perfect platform to target key events throughout the Southern Hemisphere with his stable and Brisbane fits in nicely with his Miracle a Mile champion.
The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake, the final Grand Circuit event for the 2017/18 season, is scheduled for July 21 while the Gr.2 $50,000 Sunshine Sprint is a week earlier.
“We had a great time in Brisbane last year and went awfully close to winning both races; hopefully we can snare both this time around.
“He’ll have a few runs in Sydney before heading up, a very similar format to what we did last year.
“He’s a more mature horse now and he’ll thrive on the campaign. Hopefully that can springboard him towards an Inter Dominion series later in the year.”
With his victory across the weekend, My Field Marshal has become the latest member of the million dollar club; his earnings now sit at $1,025,502.
The Butt brothers are no strangers to success in Queensland after combining to win the 2009 Inter Dominion Grand Final at the Gold Coast with former North American star Mr Feelgood.
The Racing Queensland winter carnival at Albion Park will be staged on July 7, 14 and 21.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | February 28