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Terror To Love cemented his $2.40 favouritism for his bid to claim back-to-back wins in the New Zealand Trotting Cup next Tuesday with a decisive win over his three rivals in the Cup Trial at Addington last night.
Terror To Love began safely from barrier one and settled last in the hands of raceday driver Ricky May.
He was sent around the field to lead with 1400m to run and kept up a solid clip.
The 5yr-old entire strode to the line with authority as May sat still in the sulky.
Terror To Love won by a length from Franco Ledger, who sat in the open outside the pacemaker for the last 800m. There was half a length to Sir Lincoln, who led early for Ken Barron.
Pembrook Benny was a close-up fourth.
The 2600m was run in 3.18.9, a 2.03.1 mile rate. The last 800m was run in a slick 56.4, the final 400m in a splendid 27.7.
The Victorian pacer Caribbean Blaster is due to arrive in Christchurch early tomorrow morning for the New Zealand Cup.
The 5yr-old travelled from Victoria to Sydney yesterday.
Caribbean Blaster has not raced since he finished second to Bitobliss in the Kilmore Cup 11 days ago.
He has had three standing starts for two wins and his last-start second.
Caribbean Blaster is set to start from barrier one if the emergency, Zenola Seelster, does not re-enter the field.
Trainer Andy Gath is not concerned, saying his wife, Kate, who drives the horse, should be able to settle him handy.
Caribbean Blaster, by Bettor's Delight, has won 19 of his 53 starts for $398,410.
He won the group one Breeders' Crown, for 4yr-olds at Melton.
• Vic N Art, an entrant in race 9 at the Forbury Park meeting tomorrow night, won a trial at Oamaru on Tuesday. He was driven by Matthew Williamson.
Vic N Art, trained by Eion Latimer, started off 30m in a 1-7w pace over 2600m and prevailed by half a length in 3.22.4.