Day At The Track

Franklin Cup stolen by great Zac Butcher drive

07:52 PM 31 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Zac Butcher with Lancewood Lizzie's trainer Barry Purdon
Zac Butcher with Lancewood Lizzie's trainer Barry Purdon
Lancewood Lizzie

While Dexter Dunn has been driving in career best form in the last few months, Zac Butcher has had a quiet time by his own high standards.

However we all know that form is temporary and class is permanent as Zac showed today with a series of great drives on Group 1 day at Auckland.

From the moment Zac got Democrat Party home in the big fillies race, he just seemed to drive with that touch more confidence that success brings.

When it came to the Franklin Cup (Group 2) Zac was aboard Lancewood Lizzie and why she had been going great guns against Adore Me lately, one or two looked a bit classy.

Away well from her front mark in the 2700 metres stand, Zac took Lancewood Lizzie straight to the front and set up a steady tempo before applying the anchors at the 1600 metres mark.

Allowed to pace a middle 800 metres in a pedestrian 65 seconds, Lancewood Lizzie was always going to be hard to roll and so it proved as she brushed home the last 800 metres in 55.5 and the last 400 metres in a sizzling 26 seconds flat giving nothing off the pace any chance of playing a part in the finish.

Lancewood Lizzie still had 1 1/4 lengths to spare at the finish of the $40,000 race with Beyond The Silence and Willow getting closest.

Zac was unapologetic about the slow mid race sectionals.

" Some might say I stole that but she had to be good enough to take advantage of the speed."

" She is a lovely mare and given that kind of run is very hard to beat," Zac said.

While it looked for a while in the straight she may get run over Zac was very confident the whole run home.

"She does tend to knock off a bit in front when clear but when they get close enough for her to see them around the half winkers, she gets going again," Zac said.

Zac thought that with the right run she could be competitive in some of the better races.

"She is a big mare with a lot of speed and is very genuine so she is a chance in any race if she gets the right run, " Zac said.

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PS: Zac produced another top class drive to get The Faithful home in race10




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