A superb drive from one of New Zealand's most promising reinsmen ensured victory for second favourite Democrat Party in tonight's Group Two $80,000Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic (1700m mobile) for 2-year-old fillies.
might have started from barrier six with the daughter of American Ideal but soon after found himself in the one-one.
"She started real well and it was just a matter of luck really," a modest Butcher said.
"She was always travelling well and at the top of the straight I thought she would be hard to beat. She doesn't like to let anything get past her once she hits the front," he added.
Democrat Party paced the 1700m mobile in a slick 2:02.77. Mile rate: 1:56.2 and final 800m and 400m sectionals in 58 flat and 29.2 seconds.
"She's a lovely filly, but still a bit green with a lot of improving to do. She has a really bright future," Butcher said.
Democrat Party is trained by Butcher's boss and Hall-Of-Fame conditioner. He is owned by her breeders F. J. and Mrs K. V. Price.
The bay filly has now won two of her three starts and banked $52,400.
Past winners (and times) of the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic for 2yo fillies have been:
2013: Angelina Jolie () 2:04.0;
2012: La Norvic De Milo () 2:04.9;
2011: Precious Rose () 2:06.5;
2010: Collectable () 2:04.9;
2009: Sixpence (Steve Reid) 2:06.1;
2008: World Of Dreams () 2:05.4;
2007: So Deep (Graeme Harris) 2:06.4.
By Duane Ranger (Friday March 7, 2014)