Cambridgeshire based Richard Devenish is to stand Hiya Butt at stud and has also agreed to handle Roxholme Nidge and Roxholme Hat for any future matings.

This first Tea For Tess litter are now running at Towcester

He said: “We had Hiya Butt here earlier in the year because we wanted to use him. Unfortunately the bitch missed, which was down to a problem with her, not him. He was actually a very good worker.

“We are expecting him to be brought over within the coming days. The other two dogs can be dropped off here for any matings.”

Richard and partner Dilys Steels only have one young litter in the paddocks at present.

Richard said: “They are 14 weeks old, by Taylors Sky out of Tea For Tess, and are absolutely beautiful. They were fourteen and a half kilos at twelve weeks and lovely long pups. I couldn’t be happier with them.”

Tess’s first litter, whelped in May 19, were featured on this website as babies and have all made the track.

Richard said: “With the exception of one bitch who is having her first race this week, all the others have won races, including one, who has won his last three. (Posh Nosh – A6, A5, A4 Towcester).

“I think there is a bit of an opening for British pups at the moment, and possibly a stud dog or two, given Brexit and the possible complications to sending bitches to Ireland. That might have been on Mark’s (Keightley) mind when he suggested bringing the dog here.”


The winner of the 2016 Laurels at Belle Vue (27.29 calc) and 2017 Peterborough Derby, the versatile Hiya Butt finished third in an English Derby final at Wimbledon, won a semi final of the first Derby held at Towcester, but was only beaten half a length in the 2017 Bresmed Northern Sprint Final at Sheffield.

He was also beaten favourite in East Anglian Derby and National Sprint finals.

The son of Hondo Black and Hather For Pat produced his first six litters in 2018, four in Ireland and two in Britain.

The Irish litters featured minor open winners Master Roo and Mr Roo, a 28.46 Shelbourne winner in Another Sod, and a 16.03 Sheffield winner in Holdem Japan (at Perry Barr tonight).

But it would be Kevin Ferguson’s Acomb Ruby, with the first British bred litter, who would put Butt on the map. All five ‘Acombs’ are open class including Monday’s British Breeders Stakes finalist ‘Lillian’ British Breeders Maiden Standard winner ‘Jenny’ and Produce Stakes runner-up ‘Winston’.

None of the first crop are two and a half years old yet with many still progressing. A good example is Waltham Blue Boy who led a Nottingham A1 to the last bend on debut ten days ago.


Richard Devenish contact: 07760 480975