Ants: Make Way ‘won with a leg in the air’ - and there’s plenty more in store
Make Way won with a leg in the air at Penrith last night and can’t help but win another couple of races very quickly, tips top horseman Anthony Butt.
“I could have gone away by another five lengths on him,’’ said Butt after the little colt scored by 10.6 metres, sprinting away early in the home stretch to clock a 1:56.3 mile rate for the 1720 metres.
“That’s a really good time for this track and he was jogging all the way after we got to the front.’’
Butt revealed Make Way was travelling so well turning for home he didn’t even have to activate the pull down blinds.
“Once that one (Slingshot) dropped off down the back I had them well covered and he was never out of second gear. I thought I’d save the blinds for another day.’’
Make Way, having his fourth start in Australia, showed high gate speed to cross from three on the gate, and Butt had to keep his foot down to repel an early challenge from the second favourite, the ex All Stars’ pacer Slingshot, who was all the bully on track.
“We were going like hell into that first bend which is a good effort on a little track like Penrith.
“Gate speed is so important on these little tracks and now that he has shown us he can get round them well, it just gives us so many more options. It’s another really good string to his bow.
“He’s a perfect little racehorse with great manners and he beat a couple of quite nice horses tonight.
“That’s how I hoped he’d go - his work at home had been good - and he should get another couple of quick wins.
“There’s not much for him in the next couple of weeks as he’s not eligible for the Bathurst Gold Crown so we’ll just potter round with him and find another suitable race.’’
Incredibly, Butt says Make Way stays a c0 pacer after his win last night, the fourth of his career.
“And he can win another race and he’ll still be a c0.’’
Butt believes that Make May can quickly make up for the little hiccup in his preparation when he raced flat in a New South Wales Derby heat and was found to be coughing afterwards.
“He felt great tonight and is obviously back to his best.
“It’s good to get him on the board and he’s in a great space at the moment.
“He’s king of the kids in the barn. He thinks he’s the boss.’’
Make Way’s winning purse of A$3900 last night took his Australian earnings to A$7450 for Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street and the big partrnership which races him which comprises Christine Stuart, Christine Rupp, Lynda Irwin-Parson, Liz Bilton, Sue Donovan, Sue Wilson, Jackie Taylor, Mary Ingles, Sharon Rack, Shirley Arnett, Amy Myocevich, Bob Best, Duncan, John and Dave Chisholm, Warwick Orr and Ian Middleton.
Butt also had a good report on Lincoln Farms’ stablemate Vasari who ran a brave third earlier in the night for Brittany Graham.
Graham had to really gas the horse out of the gate to hold the lead and, after looking certain to be crossed, somehow managed to repel a bevy of challengers.
“She’d just got him relaxed after that when they came round in the second quarter and he got trucking again which took its toll late.’’
Butt says Vasari continues to earn his keep and will win again when things pan out for him.
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Friday night at Auckland
Race 4: Copy That
“He’s certainly got some speed. The race was all over by the time he got going last week and James never pulled the plugs. Clearly he’s the best horse in the field on ability. But there are no guarantees he’ll behave.’’
Race 4: Tommy Lincoln
“He’s trialling well but I won’t be expecting too much from gate six. He was a big, gangly, weak thing but he’s strengthened up a lot this time in.”
Race 4: Billy Lincoln
“It’s his first race, and first time away from Pukekohe and he’s drawn the inside of the second row so logic tells you he has a few things against him. Until six weeks ago he was extremely average but he’s progressively got better and better.”
Race 8: Governor’s Bay
“He had a tough trip last time so it wasn’t surprising he weakened. He’s training well and this field looks a lot easier.”
Friday at Albion Park
Race 1: Lincoln’s Girl
2.42pm NZ time
“It’s not a bad field but she’s as good as anything else in there and looks a top two chance with a little luck from the second row. She went super last time - I didn’t know how brave she’d be when I saw her caught in the chair but Hayden was very happy with how she went.”
Race 9: Vasari
7.22pm NZ time
“He should get out a lot better this week with Hayden back driving and we’ll be trying to cross the pole marker. The horse is really well and he’ll win one soon. It’s a good line-up but he should run top three.’’
Saturday night at Menangle
Race 7: Lets Strike The Gold
10.22pm NZ time
“This is a difficlut race for him to win and I’ll be driving him quietly from that barrier. It’s been nearly nine months since he raced and he’s going to need a couple of runs to get his race fitness.”