The good fortune has continued for Jack Butler.
Fresh from claiming the $20,630 Flashing Red with Markey Oh Markey at Albion Park last Saturday night (May 19), Butler has continued to churn out the winners.
From Saturday to Saturday, Butler has prepared 9 winners and 7 minor placings from 33 starters.
The former Bathurst horseman prepared a winner at every meeting staged throughout the week.
After claiming the Flashing Red, the feature stand start for open pacers, Butler landed a metropolitan treble across the weekend.
His winners included Lexus On The Beach, Written In Red and Major Score.
“It’s been a good week, winning the Flashing Red was a pleasant surprise and then to follow it up with a treble is a real bonus. We’re working extremely hard and it’s very rewarding to land the results.” Butler said.
With over 100 winners in the past two seasons, Butler is set achieve another century season this term with over 80 winners to date.
His best season was the previous when he prepared 118 winners.
Based at Logan Village, south of Brisbane, Butler prepares a team of 40, a mixture of pacers and trotters.
And he has plenty of youth and experience spread amongst his team.
But the one constant is the youthfulness in his race day drivers.
“I know what it’s like to be overlooked and not be given an opportunity; I’ve always been a supporter of junior drivers because most of them don’t get the chance to showcase their talent. They will make mistakes but unless you make them, you can’t improve yourself.
“They’re eager and they’re fearless and that makes them very keen to put my horses into the race, my horses are fit and they respond to that type of driving. I’m always happy to have them driving my horses.
“They’re all lightweight types and all do their form, this state boasts some very good young drivers and I’m happy to help out.”
Butler has utilised the skills of Trent Moffat, Paul Diebert, Nathan Dawson, Leonard Cain, Madi Dux, Isobel Ross and Taleah McMullen among others.
Another thrill for the Butler family this week was the trial debut of his daughter Chloe, 15.
Jack and wife Tara sent Chloe onto the Albion Park track last Tuesday with stable stalwart Western Blaze but unfortunately, a major gear malfunction derailed the experience.
An axle issue with the sulky midrace placed Chloe at a severe disadvantage.
“It wasn’t the start I was hoping for but the main thing is that no harm was done, she came back safe and we’ll go again next week.
“Tara was really nervous but I was ok until the axle issue became apparent. Chloe never panicked and handled the situation really well; she loves the sport and just lives and breathes it. A very important cog in the whole stable.”
And it won’t be long until Marty (son) sports the family’s blue and red silks.
Expect the winners to keep coming for the Butler stable for many years to come.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | May 28