The Barnes and Butler team combined to shock many during the TAB Queensland Constellations carnival as Jeradas Delight claimed the Group 1 Golden Girl over 1660 metres at massive odds.
The duo will be planning to do similar in the Be Good Johnny Sprint with Deus Ex likely to be around the $20 mark.
“He is a nice horse,” Butler said of Deus Ex.
“He came over a little out of form from New Zealand but he was probably racing against the better ones down south.
“We love him, he seems like he is going to be a pretty handy horse.
“He has come here and enjoyed the warmer weather, from the first start here, we just loved him, he has fit right in and must enjoy my way of training.”
Deus Ex has become known as a free wheeler out in front during his short Queensland career so far but his trainer is happy with his draw in the second row.
Butler, who has a big team of horses in for racing at Albion Park on Saturday night, expects there to be plenty of speed on and Deus Ex should be able to follow the speed and look to finish off over the top of them.
Summit Bloodstock Syndicate purchased Deus Ex and sent the gelding to Butler, which is an ownership group that has had success with the stable with The Rocknroll King and Needabacardi, among others.
“Jamie Durnberger from Summit Bloodstock Syndicate thought he would do a good job here so he sent him to me,” Butler said.
“I have had a few for Jamie over the last few years and we have had a pretty good run with them all so far – touch wood.
“He is pretty astute with what they buy, they put a lot of hours into it all with the form and the replays, all those things.
“He has been good for me.”
Butler also expects Claudys Prince from his stable to run well on Saturday evening.
Also at Albion Park on Saturday night, a handful of feature races will be run, including the QBRED For Life 3YO C&G’s Feature, 2021 Changeover Queen of The Creek, QBRED For Life 2YO Mixed Sex, Peak of The Creek Final and the QBRED For Life 3YO Fillies Feature, among others.
Click here to see the full programme relating to the 2021 TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival.
By Jordan Gerrans