Terror To Love wins New Zealand Trotting Cup

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 18:12 13/11/2012
Terror To Love
David Hallett/Fairfax NZ

HOT FAVOURITE: Terror To Love, driven by Ricky May, streaks away to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington, Christchurch.

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Commanding favourite Terror to Love has won back-to-back New Zealand Trotting Cups.

The five-year-old charged to victory down the final straight to win by half a head in the $600,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup today, in front of a near packed house at Christchurch's Addington Raceway.

Driver Ricky May claimed his record equalling sixth New Zealand Trotting Cup, by pulling Terror To Love from the middle of the pack coming into the final straight, to run around the leading bunch to a brilliant win.

May tried to move his charge to the front of the field with a lap to run, but Anthony Butt and Mah Sish kept him out and May opted to sit back in the field.

But when he needed it, the Graham and Paul Court-trained and Terry McDonald-owned champion showed its class.

May found a split in the pack, pulled wide and Terror to Love charged home, making up the two lengths it trailed with ease.

"We had to do it the hard way, but he's certainly got a good sprint on him, doesn't he," May said after the win.

Highview Tommy ran second and Kaikoura Cup winner Sushi Sushi was third.

Terror to Love's 2011-2012 double is the fourth time since 2000 a horse has gone back to back following in the hooveprints of Monkey King (2009 and 2010), Flashing Red (2006 and 2007) and Just An Excuse (2003 and 2004).

May joins Cecil "CC" Devine as the winningest driver in the Cup with six victories.

Six of the best for May

Terror to Love - 2012

Monkey King - 2010

Monkey King - 2009

Mainland Banner - 2005

Iraklis - 1997

Inky Lord - 1989

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