Promis­ing gal­loper Dr Zed to cut to the chase, not the fil­lies

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BMK 55 HCP: He was bred to be a win­ner, but two lit­tle prob­lems had been hold­ing Doc­tor Zed back.

“He’s had the lux­ury of be­ing a stal­lion for the past four years so he was ob­vi­ously think­ing about other things,” trainer Mor­gan But­ler said.

Like any hor­mon­ally charged young man, Zed’s fo­cus wasn’t on the track, and it showed in his per­for­mance, at one point drop­ping to last place in the New­cas­tle 1400 Maiden Hand­i­cap back in March.

Once But­ler took him on, it was de­cided that the rogu­ish colt would get the chop, with sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments al­ready start­ing to show, though a few of his be­hav­iours are yet to be ironed out.

“He goes al­right now, but he’s still learn­ing his trade,” But­ler said. “Even though he’s a five-year-old, he hasn’t learned what a race is about yet. He still has a bad habit of pulling real hard but it will im­prove once he re­alises he’s on track to do a job.”

Hav­ing fi­nally bro­ken maiden sta­tus, But­ler is look­ing for­ward to another pos­i­tive re­sult in to­day’s Fam­ily Christ­mas Race Day De­cem­ber 3 Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap (1206m).

“This is his first op­er­a­tion as a geld­ing,” But­ler said. “He’s a very well-bred horse, prob­a­bly the best-bred horse on the day, but he’s still learn­ing to do his job out there,” he said.

But­ler said it was also im­por­tant to use jockey Ray­mond Spokes again to give Zed the best pos­si­ble start.

“This horse is an enigma, so keep­ing con­sis­tency is im­por­tant for him,” But­ler said. “I know Ray does what needs to be done out there, so I leave it up to him.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW ELKERTON

RIGHT GUY: Ex­pe­ri­enced hoop Ray Spokes will take the reins on board Doc­tor Zed to­day.

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