Day At The Track

Democrat Party wins Delightful Lady Classic

10:26 PM 07 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Zac Butcher
Zac Butcher
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Democrat Party

A superb drive from one of New Zealand's most promising reinsmen ensured victory for second favourite Democrat Party in tonight's Group Two $80,000 Gotta Go Cullen Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic (1700m mobile) for 2-year-old fillies.

Zac Butcher 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 Barry Purdon. 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 (David Butcher) 2:04.0;

2012: La Norvic De Milo (James Stormont) 2:04.9;

2011: Precious Rose (Zac Butcher) 2:06.5;

2010: Collectable (Nicole Molander) 2:04.9;

2009: Sixpence (Steve Reid) 2:06.1;

2008: World Of Dreams (Maurice McKendry) 2:05.4;

2007: So Deep (Graeme Harris) 2:06.4.

By Duane Ranger (Friday March 7, 2014)



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