Albury trainer Norm Loy is hoping a week of rehabilitation work on Butler Butler will have him primed in Saturday’s $35,000 Corowa Cup (1600m).
The four-year old finished a disappointing second last in last Sunday’s $150,000 Country Championships Qualifier in Wagga.
“I expected more from him the other day but, in saying that, when he pulled up with a little bit of a problem, it’s hard to blame him,” Loy said.
“It’s like he had a corkie in his leg, something wrong with a muscle, so we’ve had it fixed.
“They’re (vet) saying it was like rolling an ankle, but in terms of pulling a muscle.
“We’ve had a lot of massage and chiropractic work, so, hopefully, we’ve got it right.”
The gelding has won four of 19 races, racking up just over $73,000 in prizemoney.
He’s yo-yoyed in form over the past four outings, snaring a third at Albury in January, followed by an eighth at Rosehill and a win at Albury on February 16.
Butler Butler is likely to start as one of the fancies, along with the Goulburn-trained Ultima Chance and Bondo, from the Kerry Weir stable in Tumut.
Seven-year old gelding Bondo has had eight wins and made almost $158,000 in prizemoney, while the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings-trained Ultima Chance has 12 wins.
It’s the first time Corowa has hosted its Cup meet on a Saturday.
“We get the fanfare of people dressing up and we get the casual racegoer as well, so it’s one of those race meets which cater for everyone,” Corowa Race Club secretary-treasurer Sheridan Kay said.
“We try to make it a family-friendly day, so we’ve also got activities for the kids.”
The move of the Cup from Sunday means the club’s two major meets have now entered a new era in the past four months.
“Our Melbourne Cup day meet went to Melbourne Cup eve and that worked really well in our favour,” Kay said.
“It’s a Long Weekend in Victoria so coming to a race day on Saturday, it leaves the rest of the weekend free so tourists can look at other activities.”
It’s an eight-race program, with the Cup the penultimate event from 4.31pm.
Meanwhile, Towong will also host its Cup meet on Saturday.
It’s the club’s only meet for the year, with a seven-card program.
Two veterans are expected to feature in the $20,000 Cup over 1600m.
Eight-year old Dylanson has nine wins from 50 starts, with the top weight (60kgs) amassing $363,000, while Wangaratta trainer Russell Green’s Tableaux has had 10 wins from 74 starts.
Wagga trainer Scott Spackman will be looking to Didnt Even Kiss Me to bounce back after a 10th placing in the Country Championships Qualifier on his home track.