Terror To Love sprints towards cup double in style
The perfect New Zealand Trotting Cup preparation got a little more perfect yesterday for defending champion Terror To Love.
The Graham and Paul Court-trained pacer made light work of three rivals in the annual Cup Trial at Addington last night in the hands of driver Ricky May, signalling he was bang on the mark ahead of Tuesday's $600,000 3200-metre Group I feature.
After stepping away safely, May settled Terror To Love at the back of the field before moving him to the lead with just over a lap to run.
Franco Ledger moved outside him with 800 metres to run, giving Sir Lincoln and Pembrook Benny nice trails home. However, when May allowed his charge some rein at the top of the straight, he quickly pulled away to sprint clear and claim the victory.
"He actually knocked off a bit up the straight there, so I had to try and keep his mind on the job but that's a perfect hitout for him," May said.
The other three runners were not disgraced in their efforts, particularly North Island pacer Sir Lincoln who will take a power of beating in the Junior-Free-For-All at Addington on Tuesday.
Promising trotter Master Lavros also made light work of his opponents in the hands of trainer Mark Jones.
Not sighted since winning a junior drivers' event six weeks ago, the monster trotter looks ready to turn in another big performance in the one-win trot on Tuesday.
Leading trainer Mark Purdon produced impressive winners Smolda and Adore Me, as well as exciting 2-year-old Isaiah, who looks a horse with plenty of potential.
Five Card Draw, who will dispute favouritism in Tuesday's Group I Sires' Stakes final, was also an eye-catcher, storming home in the hands of Zac Butcher.
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