Promising galloper Dr Zed to cut to the chase, not the fillies
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.”
RIGHT GUY: Experienced hoop Ray Spokes will take the reins on board Doctor Zed today.