By Glenn Davis
Ready Set Boom, a four-year-old mare vets considered euthanasing before she raced, is poised to give Eagle Farm trainer Paul Butterworth his second metropolitan win of the season at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Ready Set Boom, a daughter of Spirit Of Boom, gave Butterworth his first win of the season when she led all the way to win a 1666-metre Class Three at Ipswich on August 21.
She has drawn perfectly in barrier two in the Schweppes Ratings Band 0-70 Handicap (1700m) and Butterworth is hopeful she can replicate her recent victory.
Butterworth bought Ready Set Boom privately for $20,000 after she was passed in at the Magic Millions QTIS March sales in 2017.
However, she was injured while being broken in and at one stage vets urged Butterworth to have her euthanased.
“When she was at the breaker, I got a call saying she had been kicked in the hock and had a fracture,” he said.
“They were going to put her down at one stage but I drove up to look at her myself and we discovered there was no break.
“Apparently, the kick shattered the sheath around the tendon in the hock and she needed to have surgery.
“She had the operation and was on antibiotics for a long time and we walked her for a good six months before she came good.”
Butterworth believes the early injury has been the reason why she is so tough in her races.
“She’s as tough as nails but if you try to ride her differently, she won’t go,” he said.
“I’m not sure if it’s because of her early injury or not but the harder you ride her the better she goes.”
Ready Set Boom has started 19 times for four wins and five placings and has easily repaid her owners with earnings of more than $92,000.
Ready Set Boom has raced in blinkers at her past two starts and will again wear the head gear.
“She started off wearing blinkers but she kept missing the start so I switched to winkers some time ago,” he said.
“I put them back on two starts back and she’s racing better now with them back on.
“Her last win was quite good and she travelled well in front without being niggled along.
“At this stage she’s purely a front runner but as she matures, we hope to ride her more quietly.”
Racing Queensland webnews September 3