Butts was recently discharged from hospital after being badly hurt in a stable accident.
“I was holding the only other horse I train when it decided to go out the gate,” he said.
“He pulled away and struck me and I ended up in hospital for 12 weeks and had to have a hip replacement.”
A former bookmaker and journalist, Butts has won most of the Cup races in North Queensland including the Townsville Cup with Gift Man in 1991.
He also has claimed the Bowen, Home Hill, Gordonvale, Ingham, Atherton and Cairns Cups as well as two Cairns Amateur Cups and two Townsville Amateur Cups.
Butts started his journalism career as a cadet at the Border Mail in Albury before eventually making his way to Hong Kong where he worked over a long period for four English newspapers.
Among his other achievements, Butts was the first English speaking race caller in Hong Kong.
“I retired from training but I got bored a few years ago so I decided to give it another go,” Butts said.
“I was a former bookmaker but the day Vintage Crop won the Melbourne Cup was my last day.”