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Red-letter day for newcomer Butler; RACING PEOPLE Focus on those at the heart of the action.

LAST Monday may officially have been 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year - but those who calculate these things clearly reckoned without John Butler, for whom it was his day of days.

Not only did he get off the speeding charge that required him to spend his afternoon in a court room in Birmingham, but the Irishman also made a dream start to his training career when Petroglyph got just as good a result at Wetherby, coming home a two-length winner.

The chaser was Butler's first runner since he started renting part of the yard of former boss Barney Curley, and he says: "Things are good and Newmarket is great. I've got eight horses and there's room for more and I'm seeking to upgrade my horses, get better ones and concentrate on having winners.

"I worked with Aidan O'Brien before he moved to Ballydoyle. I was there for around 12 years."

And although Petroglyph was a 20-1 shot, his success may have been pre-destined as Butler, 39, recalls: "It was only when I was sitting down reading the Racing Post in Birmingham just before 1.30pm on Monday that I saw that the name of the race at Wetherby was Yorkshire Post Ladies Day - 24th May Handicap Chase."

"Well, my birthday is May 24. I said to myself 'that's got to be an omen!'"
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2012
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