The new kid on the block, Christen Me, tonight confirmed himself a spot in the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup by downing Terror To Love in the $25,000 Avon City Ford Cup (Gr3) at Addington.
After making a flier in what was his first ever standing start, the wonder pacer and driver Dexter Dunn dictated terms in front before kicking too strongly in the straight for Terror To Love, who was also brilliant after racing parked for the majority of the trip.
Franco Ledger enjoyed the gun run in the trail, but was unable to match motors with the two speedsters in the home stretch finishing five lenghts away in third.
The last 800 metres was run in a staggering 54.0 seconds which is the quickest ever official last half recorded at Addington, while the overall time for the 2600m stand start journey was a respectable 3-14.1.
“He felt sensational the whole way and he won with the earplugs still in,” said a beaming Dunn.
Meanwhile, Ricky May was also very happy with Terror To Love.
“He has gone absolutely super and I’m sure he will benefit greatly off the run.”
Addington CEO Dean McKenzie summed it up best by saying “They’ve both gone as good as each other.”
“They were clearly better than the rest of the field,” he added. I just hope Themightyquinn comes over now because if he does it is going to be the Cup of the decade.”
The four horses with confirmed spots in the New Zealand Cup:
- Terror To Love – 2012 New Zealand Cup winner
- Themightyquinn – Interdomion/ Auckland Cup winner
- Four Starzzz Flash – Maurice Homes Vase
- Christen Me – Avon City Ford Cup
By Mitchell Robertson