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Zac wins drivers competition at Waikouaiti

07:14 PM 17 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Zac Butcher - Easy winner of the drivers competition at Waikouaiti
Zac Butcher - Easy winner of the drivers competition at Waikouaiti

The Greg Brodie sponsored invited drivers competition at the harness racing meeting at Waikouaiti today was keenly fought out between ten drivers from all over New Zealand as well as a couple from Australia.

Lance Justice and Amanda Turnbull crossed the Tasman for the competition and were joined by David and Zac Butcher from the North island as well as a good cross section of the leading drivers from Canterbury down to Southland.

There were two parts to the competition with the individual title at stake as well as the team competition with six established drivers making up the experienced team and the six younger drivers making up the youth team.

Points were available from 12 to the winner down to 1 for last in each heat.

The first heat was taken out by Zac Butcher on the Margo Nyhan trained Canndew with Aveross Rustler and Dexter Dunn finishing second and Scanreco Bay and Ricky May third. 

The second heat saw Booster trained by Nathan Williamson make it four in a row with Ken Barron in the bike while Flagpole and Craig Ferguson ran into second ahead of Balagio and Jim Curtin.

Heat three was for the one win grade and saw the Steven McRae trained No Mas with Amanda Turnbull in the bike home first just ahead of Livy Franco and Zac Butcher and Red Under Fire and David Butcher

The fourth heat was for trotters and another Steven McRae trainer runner in Indiana Jones was too smart with Craig Ferguson in the bike in front of Blue Don and Zac Butcher with Anothersuperstar and Matthew Williamson in third.

Heat five was taken out by the recent addition to the Graeme Anderson barn in Onedin Mach who had Ricky May in the bike in front of Destined For Glory and Dexter Dunn with Graduate Under Fire and Jim Curtin running into third.

The last of the six heats for the invited drivers was taken out by the Greg and Nina Hope trained Bobby T with Ken Barron in the bike in front of Sammy The Bull and Craig Ferguson who ran second with Scotlynn Justis and Matthew Williamson in third.

When the points were all tallied up, Zac Butcher had romped home with 51 points, well clear of Ken Barron and Craig Ferguson on 44 points.

For his efforts Zac was presented with a commemorative scroll and a $2000 cash prize courtesy of sponsorship from Greg Brodie and he gets to hold the Greg Brodie Drivers Challenge Trophy for twelve months.

The youth team were too strong for the experienced team coming out on top by 243.5 points to 229.5 points.

Points for each team were as follows:

                              Youth Team                                                                         Experienced Team

                              Zac Butcher - 51                                                                  Ken Barron - 44

                              Craig Ferguson - 44                                                            David Butcher - 43.5

                              Matthew Williamson - 43                                                     Lance Justice - 38

                              Amanda Turnbull - 38                                                         Allan Beck - 36 

                              Samantha Ottley - 34.5                                                        Ricky May - 35

                              Dexter Dunn - 33                                                                 Jimmy Curtin - 33

                              Total Points - 243.5                                                            Total Points - 229.5      

This is the second year that the invited drivers competition has been held and if today's event is anything to go by, it has a great future.

Harnesslink Media  


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