A torrid battle between Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster in
Saturday's South Australia Cup did not have Paul Court
flinching at all, given Terror To Love's Interdominion
campaign starts tonight in the Northern Southland Cup at
In fact, Court, who trains the two-time New Zealand Trotting
Cup winner with father Graham, enjoyed the rough-and-tumble
racing across the Tasman over the weekend.
Terror To Love is equal favourite with Im Themightyquinn in
futures betting for the Interdominion grand final, to be held
in Sydney on March 3, and Court reckons the Terror To Love
team will welcome any hard racing that eventuates on grand
''If it is a bit of a slog, it's going to play into our
hands, I think. I'm not going to get too worried about it,''
He is also expecting to hear plenty of confident chatter
making its way eastward across the Tasman Sea in the next six
''Those Aussies like to have a bit of a talk up, don't
they?'' Court said.
Tonight's group 3 $50,000 feature is the immediate aim, but
Court is upfront with the fact Terror To Love will not be at
his absolute peak.
''These sort of races are never really easy.''
''I know he's won two New Zealand Cups and all that, but this
is going to be his first run for a while. He's definitely not
100%. These are stepping stones towards the big one, which is
the Interdoms for us.''
Despite Court's concerns, the TAB bookmakers have opened
Terror To Love at the short quote of $1.40 to win the
Northern Southland Cup, with Franco Ledger installed as
second-favourite at $4.20.
After running third in the group 1 New Zealand Free-For-All
on Show Day at Addington, Terror To Love went out to the
paddock before winning a trial at Ashburton last week,
beating Northern Southland Cup rival Glencoe VC.
''He had a couple of weeks off just to freshen up. He seems
pretty good,'' Court said.
''That trial the other day would have tightened him up good
and he's still on his way up.''
If all goes well, Terror To Love's next run will be in the
Summer Cup at Addington, on February 1, before heading to
Auckland for the New Zealand heat of the Interdominion. The
format has changed for the next three years, with heats being
run on the same night in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, along
''We hope that everything goes good between now and then and
we get to Sydney [for the final].''