Wonder pacer Christen Me downed Cups King Terror To Love for a second time this season when narrowly winning tonight’s $40,000 Canterbury Classic. But team ‘Terror’ are not handing over the throne to the prince just yet.
“There really is nothing between them,” said Ricky May. “One thing in our advantage is we know our horse thrives on the 3200 metres, and that could be a huge factor come November 12.
“And we know his trainer knows how to get him ready for the big occasion.”
Terror To Love, who was heavily supported and all but stole favouritism off Christen Me, was slightly slow, but ended up nestling the one-one and to be fair did have his chance to run down Christen Me, who did work considerably harder over the early stages.
The overall time was once again moderate, but the speedsters zipped their final sectionals in 55.8 and 26.5, leaving third placegetter Franco Ledger in their wake.
Christen Me, who won with his earplugs still in, has now won his last eight straight.
The pair are due to clash next in the Ashburton Flying Stakes on October 28.
Meanwhile, Im Themightyquinn’s New Zealand Cup campaign is now in doubt after he was beaten by Im Victorious in his race resumption at Gloucester Park and, more worryingly, pulled up sore afterwards.
By Mitchell Robertson