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Terror To Love & Christen Me in epic battle

05:38 AM 07 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Terror To Love overhauls Christen Me after an epic Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup Terror To Love overhauls Christen Me after an epic Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup Trainer Graham Court and Ricky May with Terror To Love A happy Ricky May with the Cranbourne Pacing Cup Connections of Terror To Love celebrate
Terror To Love overhauls Christen Me after an epic Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup
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Terror To Love overhauls Christen Me after an epic Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup
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Trainer Graham Court and Ricky May with Terror To Love
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A happy Ricky May with the Cranbourne Pacing Cup
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Connections of Terror To Love celebrate
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Three-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Terror To Love has won a classic Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup after a memorable battle with last-start Miracle Mile champion Christen Me.

The finish to tonight’s $100,000 feature race will have harness fans talking for years – two champion horses with two superstar reinsman aboard fighting tooth and nail to the finish.

But there can only be one winner and tonight it was Ricky May aboard Terror To Love, who narrowly out-stayed Christen Me and Dexter Dunn in the $100,000, 2555m event.

“He’s had no luck with the draws and he showed his true worth tonight,” May said of Terror To Love, who paid $3.10 on the tote.

Terror To Love took off to sit outside of Christen Me mid-race and the pair kicked well clear of the field as they headed towards the home turn.

Once in the straight it was clear the star Kiwis had it between them, Terror To Love slowly but surely reigning in Christen Me before sticking his head in front right on the line for a remarkable victory.

“He’s been at his best all the way through. He might have been just down a wee notch for the (New Zealand) Cup,” said May.

“We decided the only way we had a show of beating him (Christen Me) was to try and out-stay him.”

May’s tactics worked a treat, Terror To Love proving too strong for the gallant runner-up, who was odds-on favourite, with a further 20m back in third place to Flaming Flutter, who enjoyed a cosy run on the leader’s back throughout for trainer/driver Geoff Webster.

The winner’s mile rate was 1:57.1  with the last half covered in 55.4.

Uncle Wingnut was fourth, Hilltop Hustler fifth and Im Corzin Terror sixth.

Bitobliss failed to finish, choking down after pulling in the run, and will have to trial before racing again.

 

by Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria

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