Whenever you get a small field in harness racing, the race will usually turn out to be a cat and mouse affair and lacking in excitement.
The return to the track tonight of Christen Me was in a race that looked just like that on paper with only five opponents but what transpired was anything but.
Jimmy Johnstone made a flyer off the twenty meters mark in the 2600 meters standing start event and grabbed the lead after 300 meters and set up a solid tempo in front .
Christen Me, the lone back marker on 30 meters made a safe begining and sat last of the six horse field which was all in single file.
Going past the 1600 meters mark Dexter eased Christen Me out into the running line which drew Locharburn with Blair Orange in the bike straight out in front of him.
Locharburn put the foot down in search of the lead from Jimmy Johnstone over the next 400 meters which was covered in 27.7 before Locharburn found the front with a lap to go.
When the speed went on at the 1600 meters mark, Dexter hooked Christen Me back to the inner but Dexter was on the move again passing the 900 meters mark and was soon up outside Locharburn.
As they swung for home Locharburn refused to go away and why Christen Me always looked to be travelling well within himself the margin of a neck speaks volumes for Locharburn's tenacity.
The 2600 meters from a stand was run in 3:13.2, a mile rate of 1:59.5 with the last mile in 1:54.9 and closing sectionals of 56.5 and 27.
It was a very impressive run from Christen Me first up especially as Dexter never pulled the ear plugs and hardly moved in the straight while the Locharburn camp would be very happy with how he handled the standing start and took the race to Christen Me in his first run in the top grade.
The two sons of champion sire Christian Cullen both look in for big seasons.