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Zac Butcher gets Group One glory in NZ Oaks

09:56 AM 18 May 2012 NZST
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Zac Butcher
Zac Butcher - Pictured in the Barry Purdon colours.
Duane Ranger photo

Talented young harness racing driver Zac butcher produced a superb drive at addington raceway tonight behind the Barry Purdon trained Cheer The lady to win tonight's $100,000 New Zealand oaks.

Handed a tricky second row draw butcher was able to get the daughter of Bettors Delight into a beautiful position three wide with cover turning for home, cheer the lady unwinding stylishly to beat home Twist And Twirl by a half length, with stablemate O Baby finishing on stoutly along the markers for third

The time for the winner was a smart 3.11.6, a mile-rate of 1.58.5, the last 800 in 57.9 and final 400 in 28.5. "I must admit I was worried about the draw, but she has been going super and all we needed was a little luck," stated Zac Butcher. "I have to thank Barry (Purdon) for giving me the opportunities really, and the owners as well."

The son of champion reins man David Butcher, young Zac has long been hailed one of the leading young lights in the sport, tonight's win again an indication of the talents of a young man headed to the top, and most likely to challenge the undeniable brilliance of the country's leading reins man Dexter Dunn.

Cheer The Lady has now won Six races from 15 starts and close to $110,000 in stake earnings.

Extensive results.

by Steve DOLAN

Cheer The Lady winning the Group One $100,000 NZ Oaks:

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