By Glenn Davis
Caloundra trainer Tom Button wants to take advantage of the lucrative QTIS scheme and is considering opening a satellite stable in Mackay.
Button, 41, has a team of 20 horses in work at the Sunshine Coast after moving from Rockhampton a year ago.
“The move has been good and I’ve had a good run in the last month or so,” Button said.
“I don’t have a stable in Rocky anymore but I’m thinking about opening a stable in Mackay.
“A stable in Mackay would allow me to take advantage of the QTIS prizemoney right up the coast of Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns.”
Button was a former leading rider in Rockhampton before turning to training 10 years ago, winning the Rockhampton trainers’ premiership five times before moving south.
“I just felt the time was right for a new challenge and decided to move to Caloundra last year,” Button said.
“I had accomplished as much as I could in Rocky after winning five trainers’ premierships.
“It’s been a bit harder to win races here but I’m happy the way things are going."
Button has accepted with two runners at Ipswich on Wednesday but is undecided if his best chance, The Silver Lady, will run in the 1350-metre QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap.
His other acceptor is Hector The Hero in the Maiden Handicap (1666m).