It was supposed to be the much anticipated first clash of the season between New Zealand Trotting Cup favourites, Terror To Love and Christen Me, but today's feature heat became a chance for new-kid-on-the-block, Pass Them By to show everyone just how good he can be.
The Tim Butt trained pacer scooted along the passing lane to beat Fly Like An Eagle and Jimmy Johnston in a close finish.
Overall time was 3.01.9 with a last 800m of 55.4 and closing 400 in 26.0.
Neither Terror To Love nor Christen Me were pushed up the straight with drivers Ricky May and Jack Trainor both reporting their respective charges felt strong in the run to the line.
Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand