Day At The Track

Christen Me "terrorized" in Cranbourne Cup

08:16 AM 07 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Terror To Love catching Christen Me after a memorable battle at Cranbourne Graham Court and Ricky May with the Ricky May - The smile says it all
Terror To Love catching Christen Me after a memorable battle at Cranbourne
Graham Court and Ricky May with the "Terror"
Ricky May - The smile says it all
Terror To Love
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Last night Australian harness racing followers got to see what all the fuss Kiwis make about Terror To Love is all about.

The Cranbourne Cup on paper looked a two horse war between Christen Me and Terror To Love but it was hard to find anybody who actually thought the "Terror" could roll the Miracle Mile champ.

Ricky May was one who did and when speaking to Harnesslink midweek left no one in any doubt that he was over the moon with Terror To Love's run in the Miracle Mile and gave himself a big chance of turning the tables in the Cranbourne Cup.

" He went huge in the Miracle Mile and I was rapt in his run."

"If I had gone three fence earlier, he would have been a lot closer,"

"I don't know if Terror To Love can sit outside Christen Me and beat  him but we are going to find out," Ricky said.

Last night as expected Christen Me led easily from barrier one for Dexter Dunn with Terror To Love and Ricky May settling three back in the running line.

With 1100 metres to go Ricky May came out three wide and found the death seat with 900 metres to go and from there it turned into a Bonecrusher/Waverley Star type of race with the two champions going head to head and the rest of the field struggling to stay in touch.

On the corner Christen Me pinched a wee advantage but Terror To Love kept coming and was not to be denied as he grabbed Christen Me in the shadows of the post for a memorable win which will talked about for years to come.

Ricky May is not one to show a lot ot emotion normally but last night was an exception.

"I'm thrilled for the horse to finally silence the knockers and for Graham and Paul to have finally shown the Australians what a great horse Terror To Love is."

" The plan was to try to turn it into a staying race and thats how it turned out.

" He felt great on that track, the surface was a credit to the club".

" I hadn't intended to look Christen Me in the eye but  down the back Terror To Love latched on and was really keen"

"I wasn't that confident on the home turn as Christen Me was traveling as good as we were but with 100 metres to go I knew "Terror" was going to pick him up, " Ricky said.

Christen Me went super but found one a touch better on the night while the rest of the field were outclassed with Flaming Flutter third over 20 metres away.

While Christen Me now heads home to New Zealand, Terror To Love will head to Ballarat for a showdown with Beautide, Guaranteed and rising star Philadelphia Man which should fill the stands next Saturday night.

Kiwi's have known for a while that Terror To Love is a champion in every sense of the word and he has a huge following in his homeland and last night Australians got a wee taste of why Kiwis are so passionate about this great horse.

Harnesslink Media


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