Western Australian maestro Gary Hall Snr has declared he is not scared of Christen Me despite the superstars emphatic fresh-up win in the Avon City Ford Cup.
“I don’t see what all the fuzz is about,” said the trainer of Im Themightyquinn.
“I’m a big fan of Chisten Me. But that race didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. It was nothing more than a jog round and a sprint home.
“All the talk just fuels us all to get across there and take those horses on.”
While the other two New Zealand Cup favourites, Christen Me and Terror To Love, have already begun their campaigns, Im Themightyquinn is still a little way of his racetrack return.
“He had a solid campaign through the winter, so he should only need a couple of runs to return to peak fitness.”
Im Themightyquinn will have his first run back at Gloucester Park in the next two or three weeks, before tackling the Kaikoura Cup on November 4 ahead of the New Zealand Cup.
Meanwhile, in other Australian news, Suave Stuey Lombo is still coming to New Zealand Cup despite his last start failure.
"I think it proved that in the top company that he can't sit outside them especially if he is going to pull," Tritton said.
It is not the first time Suave Stuey Lombo has failed after being left parked, something similar also happened during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
“The main thing is he has come through the run well,” said Tritton.
The son of Bettor’s Delight will now have a quiet week before heading to the Ashburton Flying Stakes and then, all going well, the New Zealand Cup.