The 2014 harness racing Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup has gone to Christen Me in a tooth and nail struggle up the straight with star Victorian Caribbean Blaster.
The race played out to the expectations of many with warhorse Smoken Up finding the front in the early stages before Restrepo and then Christen Me went up to sit parked through various stages of the race.
Turning for home they upped the tempo and Dexter Dunn and Christen Me loomed to hit the front but Caribbean Blaster, who had a three wide cart in to the race, quickly challenged.
With nothing separating the pair halfway up the straight they continued to duel with the Kiwi holding on as the hit the line.
The mile rate was completed on 1:59.2 with a last half 56.2secs and a last quarter of 27.3secs.
The margin was a half-head by 2.8 metres with The Gold Ace steaming home into third and Abettorpunt running on into fourth.
The Cran Dalgety trained Christen Me finally broke through on the Grand Circuit after promising much in the past 12 months and after finishing second in the Miracle Mile, third in the New Zealand Cup, second in the Victoria Cup and second in the Ballarat Cup he can rightfully claim his place as Australasia’s most gifted pacer.
With 32 starts under his belt he is now a winner of 19 of his races and over $900,000 in prizemoney.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria