The 2017 Massy United Derby winner Butterfly showed a superb turn of foot to hold off main rival Zip Code in the Australia Handicap at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.
The Gay Smith-owned filly stopped the William Clarke-trained Zip Code from a third victory in a row in the 1800-meter event. Settled in fifth position in the early part of the six-horse field by Jockey Antonio Bishop with the pace being set by Island Cotton, Butterfly had switched a gear at the two-furlong marker overtaking Island Cotton and Felony Fire with Zip Code now on the outside making his move under Jalon Samuel.
Coming down the home straight it was no catching the 2017 Massy United Derby winner with Zip Code running on to be second, Felony Fire third and The 2017 Pinnacle Midsummer Classic winner Oberoi in fourth. The forecast of horse number 6 Butterfly and horse number 7 Zip Code paid $7.40. Butterfly will now be one of the early favourites to win the Tanglewood Stakes going 10 furlongs on Gold Cup Day March 3.
In the Galileo Handicap which was one of the two superfecta races on the day, Abigail racing for the second time held off a fast-finishing Jackmananny Gap producing the best and most exciting race on the day with Abigail getting home by a head. Abigail made all the running and held off Jackmananny Gap who was second for the entire race. Leviticus who was in third place behind the first and second place finishers for the race maintained his place at the end and finished third. Lady Jazz from the Boston John stables ran on to be fourth. The superfecta paid $135.10.
The final race on the card the Rock Of Gibraltar Handicap going 1100 meters saw young jockey Dario Croney producing the William Clarke four-year-old colt Rockley who had run second last race day, running away from his field with Howyalikethisname in second place, Sebcoe third and Miss Megyn in fourth. The Rock of Gibraltar was the second superfecta on the day and paid $1,025.80
No jockey or trainer scored a double during the seven-race card. Next race day will be on February 3.