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Zac Butcher puts exclamation mark on season with NZ Junior Championship

Budding North Island superstar driver Zac Butcher continued his fantastic run, at Addington last Friday, by winning the Speckos NZ Junior Driver Championship.

On a night where Butcher thought he might lose ground to his father in their personal battle for wins, Butcher steamrolled the opposition in the Championship by winning the first two heats.

Similar tactics prevailed, with Butcher playing a waiting game and taking inside runs in both of the first two heats. In heat one Rambo Seelster warmed out of his slumber in the prelim to show a clean pair of heels to his rivals. The maiden pacers kept up a fairly solid clip and when the gaps inevitably came, Rambo Seelster charged through for a convincing win over a game Go Man Go.

The second heat was almost a carbon copy. A better class of horse, running slightly quicker but this time Ratlock needed to burst through late to give Butcher his second win and a near unassailable lead.

With 34 points from two races it would have taken a combination of happenstances to stop Butcher winning his second Championship in four years. And as it turned out, those closest, Jack Trainor and Matthew Williamson would not make that required challenge. Williamson’s fifth place finish enough to nudge his way into second, ahead of Trainor but still 11 points behind Butcher in the end.

In winning the championship Zac Butcher joins an elite group to win to win dual titles. Maurice McKendry, Tony Herlihy, Logan Hollis and Anthony Butt are those that have gone before. That stat alone bodes well for Butcher’s future prospects.

Butcher with his two wins was able to almost cancel out the work of father David at Alexandra Park who won three. One of which was a drive Zac had to give up to take part in the Championship. Cheer The Lady, one of Zac Butcher’s favourite horses was too classy in her Breeders Crown heat and will now take Butcher back to Australia in August in chase of great riches.

After Sunday’s Manukau meeting Zac and David Butcher were tied up on 112 wins for the season. The father and son have now just two meetings to break the deadlock and win this epic personal battle.