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Terror To Love joined an elite list of some of the greatest Cup champions with his second successive NZ Trotting Cup win.

The defending champ had to be everything he was touted to be and more after he endured a midrace battled with leader Mah Sish.

When the whips were cracking though Terror To Love was still able to present his trademark finish and overwhelm a wall of horses featuring Highview Tommy, Sushi Sushi and Mah Sish.

It was a triumph once again for the father-and-son partnership of Graham and Paul Court. The Cup win was a culmination of a faultless preparation. Nothing went wrong. It threatened to a lap out when a dip for the lead proved unsuccessful but driver Ricky May didn’t panic, the horse came back to him and the rest is history.

The win takes Terror To Love past the million in stakes earnings. The Western Terror entire now set on a path to a successful stallion career following his already stellar race career.

Of the others Gold Ace blew his chances at the start with a terminal gallop. Caribbean Blaster hurt his chances with a slow start. Auckland Reactor looked to loom into the race at the right time but he couldn’t find that once famous fortitude. He tailed the field in some 12 lengths.

Terror To Love’s Cup win sets the scene for an exciting and intriguing FFA on Friday. Of significance the first six home are automatic entries in the 10-horse race. Caribbean Blaster is likely to be included in the field while the final three places will be a big battle, considering the 19 standing nominations.