By Glenn Davis
Sunshine Coast trainer Tom Button is hoping his decision to dodge wet tracks at home will be rewarded with wins in the two feature races at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park on Saturday.
Button will be looking for back-to-back triumphs, after claiming both the Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic and the Capricornia Yearling Sale Championship for the first time last year.
In a COVID-disrupted year when racing was restricted to zones, the Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic was run twice, with Button claiming the 1200-metre feature with Miss Lot Won in the two divisions held in April and October.
He also claimed the Capricornia Yearling Sale Championship in October with Flying Crackerjak, who previously finished second to Marway in the April edition.
Button has left no stone unturned in his bid for more success, and will saddle up a team of four starters in the two-year-old event, while he’ll have three representatives in the other feature.
Button was a former leading rider in Rockhampton before turning to training 11 years ago, winning the Rockhampton trainers’ premiership five times before relocating to the Sunshine Coast.
With the recent rain deluge in south-east Queensland, Button rolled the dice and moved some of his stable early to Rockhampton to dodge the big wet.
“I’ve done it differently this year by deciding to come up here more than two weeks ago,” Button said.
“I moved a few of them away early because I couldn’t get the work into them with all the rain at Caloundra.”