LANDING the first Group 1 win of his training career with a $151 rank outsider - it is little wonder Jack Butler feels like he is 'on cloud nine'.
It was a six-year-old mare called Jeradas Delight who delivered the milestone moment for the Bathurst native as she took out the $100,000 Golden Girl Final at Albion Park.
She did it the tough way too, copping a barrier 11 draw then running three and four wide after sitting in last with just under a lap of the 1,660 metres feature left.
"We're on cloud nine, it's unbelievable, we're all rapt," Butler said.
"We were just hoping for any ounce of luck at all and she had none and for her to still get up, that was just amazing, we were just blown away.
"We knew we had her right, she was ready to rumble, but when that barrier draw came out and she drew 11, we just went 'Oh no, we're in trouble here'.
"But she went above and beyond, she was awesome."
Before Jeradas Delight joined Butler's Logan Village stable, she was a regular visitor to the Bathurst Paceway. She won in her first run there in 2018 and went on to have 21 starts at the track.
Since linking with Butler last year, the Bettors Delight mare has been consistently solid, so he was surprised to see she was the longest priced runner in the 10-horse Golden Girl field.
He also admitted he didn't think she could win from the wide back row draw.
"I had that many people say to me 'Why was she was that price?' and they're right, like her form has been great, she's been flying. But when you draw barrier 11 in that sort of race and good horses draw so much better I guess that happens," he said.
"She's a pretty nice mare and has done a great job over her career, she won a heat of the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old so she's not hopeless, but it was a tough draw.
"We always hoped, we'd won plenty of Group 2s and Group 3s and things like that, just never that Group 1, I really didn't think it was going to be Saturday night either.
"When it did happen, I'll tell you what, it was just amazing, it was a great thrill."
Lining up on Saturday night in a field which included a mare who had already won over $1million in prize money, driver Brendan Barnes settled Jeradas Delight one out and five back.
The speed was on up front as Spellbound ($3.80) clocked a 26.3 seconds opening quarter.
As the bell sounded The Lagoon's Amanda Turnbull, who was driving Our Princess Tiffany for Dean Braun, made a move from the rear of the field.
Barnes decided to follow before making a move of his own. He pulled Jeradas Delight out of the trail and she charged towards the head of the field.
She was in fourth through the final bend and kept coming down the home straight, going on to snatch the win by a half head over Spellbound in a career best 1:52.5 mile rate.
Amongst those to congratulate Butler were a host of his friends from Bathurst.
"There's been heaps of calls from Bathurst from people congratulating me, Steve and Jenny [Turnbull] and Matty Rue, Amy Rees," he said.
"We are going on seven years ago that we moved, but that [Bathurst] will always be my home. The move has been a great thing for us though, we love it up here."
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