Champion reinsman David Butcher will make a shock return to racenight driving tomorrow night.
The Inter Dominion, New Zealand and Auckland Cup winning driver has not driven on racenight since severely injuring his pectoral muscle in a track work incident on January 27.
Butcher needed an operation and has underdone intense physical therapy but did not expect to be back driving before October.
But recent rapid improvement has seen him drive at the Cambridge workouts the last two weekends and he is confident he is ready for his comeback.
“The muscle has felt fine and hasn’t been sore the morning after driving at the workouts,” said Butcher.
“So I am ready to go and am looking forward to getting back out there.”
Butcher has picked tomorrow night’s meeting because his long-time main supplier of winning drives, Geoff Small has a couple of horse worth the effort at Alexandra Park tomorrow night.
But the meeting also plays host to the Island of Origin series, which sees six invited drivers from the North and South compete in the teams event.
“That meant I wasn’t eligible to drive in six of the races so I could come back with an easy night.”
Butcher is one of only four New Zealand horseman to have driven over 2000 domestic winners, the others being Tony Herlihy, Maurice McKendry and Ricky May.
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