Champion trainer Tim Butt has taken possession of richly-talented pacer Bettermatch, a winner of 10 of 12 starts to date and destined for the elite level.
He joins the likes of My Field Marshal and Let It Ride as future Grand Circuit players for the stable.
The six-year-old Kenneth J entire is nominated for the Gr.1 $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 13.
And confirmation of that target should be known within the coming weeks.
“I think he’s a very talented type; his record proves that and his victory three starts ago at Menangle in 1:51.3 was extraordinary,” said Butt.
“That was a remarkable effort and he did it very well in the end. I made enquiries straight after that race and I’m happy he’s part of my team.” Butt said.
A last start winner of the $20,000 Menangle Country Club Series Final on August 25 in 1:53.8, the speedy performer entered the stables of Butt mid-way through last week.
Bettermatch is expected to start for the first time in the Butt silks next week.
“I’m not sure if he’ll be ready for the New Zealand Cup but we’ll know more after he starts, I thought he might have been a little more forward in condition but maybe that’s him. We’re still learning and working him out.
“He won his first five starts before being beaten as the odds-on favourite in the Bathurst Gold Crown Final. Yes, he’s had a few issues along the way and he missed a lot of racing, including his entire three-year-old term but he’s returned in very good form.
“He’s only a lightly assessed (C4) horse and we’ll go straight to a mid-week race before reassessing the situation. If he’s ready for it then we’ll definitely give it a go given the dramatic change in the open class landscape.”
Bettermatch was ranked 24th in the initial rankings, released last week.