The second leg of the winning double was again another father/daughter combination when Jeradas Delight proved too strong.
Taking the reins on the well-bred mare for the second time under race conditions, Butler was content to sit outside the leader With The Band after a steady lead time followed with a 61.6 second opening half.
In for the fight, Jeradas Delight held on to score a narrow victory, defeating the fast-finishing Hunza Valley by a half-head - With The Band stuck on for third.
Jeradas Delight is a half-brother to Bar Room Banta, the likely favourite for the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge Final to be held this Saturday.
Raced by her breeder Ray Cahill, Jeradas Delight has now won two and placed on four occasions in her seven starts since joining the Jack Butler stable.
Elkins in THE BAD books
Matt Elkins was busy at Albion Park on Saturday night, left in charge of his partner Narissa McMullen’s team along with his regular driving engagements.
With Narissa taking the night off to prepare for little sister Danni-Elle’s wedding to Ryan Veivers the next day, Elkins was sent to The Creek with high hopes of success.
As can often be the case - despite on paper looking a strong chance of success, including two runners starting as favourites - it was not Elkins’ night.
With the rub of the green not going his way, he may well have been in the bad books and prepared for a stern talking to by ‘the boss’.
The night started with Cautivar sent out as favourite when going under by a head margin.
Thinking there were grounds for a protest, the result was confirmed in the steward’s room as the objection against the winner, Handsome Hero, was dismissed.
Again, starting the race as the punters-elect for the race three with Ideal World, Elkins sent the gelding straight to the front, looking to control the tempo.
Leading them deep into the stretch, it was another close result, this time beaten the barest possible margin as Commodore Jujon arrived on the wire to score.
With their final runner in the last event of the evening, stable newcomer Godofthunder was buried away in the run before making some late ground for a nice fourth.
Elkins and McMullen have shown a commitment to harness racing in Queensland, with the couple recently moving on to their own property under the banner of N M Racing.
With this move, the friendly sibling rivalry for the title of ‘power-couple’ of the McMullen family could be ready to rise.
As Brendan Barnes approaches a milestone 450 career driving wins, last Tuesday he landed a maiden training win.
Having recently taken over the training of Pacific Drums, it was at just his second start that the enigmatic five-year-old was able to secure victory.
Allowing elder brother Hayden to handle the reins, the pair went straight to the front when the field was released and from there were never in danger.