Paul Butterworth sets sights on ATC Derby with Capital Gain
PAUL Butterworth credits Capital Gain with saving his training career and believes the JJ Atkins winner can return a victor in Saturday’s Winning Rupert Plate at Doomben.
Butterworth has eyes on next year’s ATC Australian Derby (2400m), but wanted a summer campaign to keep Capital Gain in racing shape.
If he wins on Saturday, Capital Gain will chase the $500,000 Summer 3YO Crown bonus and run again in a fortnight but, if not, will be saved for the Vo Rogue Plate on December 30 before going to Sydney.
Opinions were divided on the merit of Capital Gain’s Doomben trial on November 14, where he showed good speed early before fading a little in the straight to run fourth behind Sir Moments.
“I had a lot of people say they thought he was a bit disappointing, which shocked me a bit,” Butterworth said. “We had brought him up nice and slow. We had only asked him to let down once going into that. I told Jim (Byrne) before the trial I expected him to run the trial upside down and tire late, because he was so fresh and that’s how it eventuated.
“It was against older horses and they ran good time, so he probably would have won any other trial on the day. We were really happy with the trial.”
Butterworth said Capital Gain shifted a plate in the trial and was lame for a day or two after, but everything since has gone to plan.
“Since the trial he’s jumped out of the ground,” he said. “Bring It Home Pop and Pierata will be hard to run down over 1200m, but he’s just got the X-factor. He runs down anything in trackwork and hopefully he can do it (Saturday).
“I’m not afraid of anything with this horse. I wouldn’t be going to Sydney if I was.”
Butterworth has 29 horses in his stable and says for the first time he can chase the horses he really wants at next year’s yearling sales. But not so long ago, it wasn’t looking so bright.
“Six months before the JJ, we were at the crossroads,” he said. “My wife (Michelle) and I talked about it and knew if this horse didn’t measure up to what I think it is, we might be in a bit of trouble. To get a horse to win a Group 1 is a massive boost for your business.
“People trust your judgment all of a sudden. The owners I already had did, but people on the outside can see as well, especially after I was adamant for so long the JJ Atkins was his race.”
Butterworth hopes to build to 35 horses in work and be a more regular player in the city.
“I’ve still only had a few city winners, but I think I’ve got them coming,” he said. “There’s a few two-year-olds that have shown good promise and at the back end of the season you will see a few of those in town.”
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Brisbane Courier Mail