Day At The Track

Christian Cullen never ceases to amaze us

11:08 AM 30 Apr 2013 NZST
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Christen Me Allblack Stride Christian Cullen
Christen Me
Allblack Stride
Christian Cullen

Over the last few days, we've all remembered how special Anzac Day is to us and our friends across the Tasman. From a harness racing perspective, Christian Cullen has been taking us down memory lane himself – reminding us why he's one of the greatest stallions ever!

In the five-day period from last Wednesday through to yesterday, six of Christian Cullen's sons and daughters have won races in emphatic fashion. Now, granted - for a stallion that's closing in on a thousand winners and $50 million in stakes worldwide, talking about his latest half a dozen might generate a sort of ‘so what?' response. But what puts Cullen in an elite class is his amazing diversity... these six winners were as young as two and as old as seven; they had six different dam sires; they scored at five different tracks around the country; and the races ranged from a couple of Claimers to a Group 3, a Group 1 and a $156,000 Listed Final.

His rampage started at Forbury Park on Wednesday night when 6-year-old gelding Montecrengle won from the Robert Dunn stable. To Addington the following evening, and the exciting (and still unbeaten) 2-year-old colt Allblack Stride coasted away with the Fifth Sires' Stakes Heat for ‘Team McCarthy' from across the ditch.

Victories three and four for Cullen eventuated at Alexandra Park on Friday night, coming from the promising Nigel McGrath-trained 2-year-old filly Libertybelle Midfrew in the Listed PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series Fillies Final and Cran Dalgety's freakish 4-year-old gelding Christen Me in the Group 1 Taylor Mile.

To Gore on Saturday, where 7-year-old gelding Cullen's Finest scored from the Geoff and Jude Knight stable, then it was all fittingly topped off by his 4-year-old son Field Officer sprinting past some Cup horses and others to take out the Wai-Eyre Farm-sponsored Group 3 Rangiora Classic yesterday.

So it's been a pretty good few days for the stud's flagship stallion, and shows that Christian Cullen is still happily adding chapters to what is already an unbelievable story. Of course, the icing on the cake is the fact that Cullen has given our industry its newest superstar - Christen Me, the horse that everyone's happy to label as a champion after he demolished yet another high-quality field in the Taylor Mile on Friday night. Christen Me has now won 13 of his 18 lifetime starts, and just shy of $350,000 in stakes. It's been a truly meteoric rise to stardom, considering it was only only 10 months ago when he cleared maidens at Addington.

The audacity that Christen Me displays is spine-tingling, because he runs great horses off their feet with scintillating times and sectionals - and seems to do it with ease.

Last Friday night was no exception. Despite having his first look around Alexandra Park, Christen Me sat parked outside the leader Gold Ace and a trailing Bettor Cover Lover and crushed them in a 1.54.9 mile rate.

Christen Me really is brilliant. Horses such as him and the likes of Allblack Stride prove that as a sire, Christian Cullen is still as good as he ever was. Maybe even better...


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