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Gold Ace locks in NZ Cup run

The exceptional field that was the Glenferrie Farm Canterbury Classic did not let race fans down. There was drama early with both Sleepy Tripp and Auckland Reactor making mistakes, then another Purdon runner, Sushi Sushi, locked on for driver Natalie Rasmussen. When the dust settled Gold Ace had found the front and handed over to Sushi Sushi. That gave Gold Ace a lovely tow home and those early moves resulted in Terror To Love being forced to sit parked for the last half of the race.

In the home straight Gold Ace took his cue and charged up the passing lane but he couldn’t shake the Cup favourite and the pair resumed their long-running battle. Gold Ace won the day, narrowly, but it was a solid win. Terror To Love firmed into $3 for the New Zealand Cup with his second so that alone speaks volumes for his effort.

The beaten brigade was a mixed bag. Mah Sish sat midfield on the outer and finished off well for his third, just over a length off Gold Ace. Sushi Sushi’s effort must have pleased connections. He stepped away but raced too keenly to be as effective as he could be. His fourth was another step in the right direction however.

One of the major talking points out of the race was the performance of Auckland Reactor. After galloping early Auckland Reactor appeared lacklustre in a race dominated by those on the speed. He arrived back in the stables though with a laceration to his off fore coronet. An injury most likely occurred when he galloped early. The coming days will determine a lot regarding his claims for an elusive NZ Cup title.

Later in the night Pure Power resurrected a stalled NZ Cup campaign by downing Easy On The Eye and Four Starzzz Flash. The big horse is back trending the right way now and may move on to the Flying Stakes in an attempt to launch himself into the top 15 next Monday.

The upshot of the racing on Friday is Gold Ace will jump up to fourth on the rankings, at worst as a winner of an automatic entry race. Sushi Sushi may sneak up a couple of spots and Mah Sish takes another small steps towards securing a certain Cup start. Others’ position are becoming more precarious but we won’t know their fate until after 9.30am tomorrow morning when the next round of rankings are scheduled to be released.