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Auckland Cup and Northern Derby draws

By Duane Ranger

The Southern Hemisphere’s fastest pacer has drawn 13 of 13 for Friday’s $250,000 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park.

That’s the marble Adore Me drew just 15 minutes after her scintillating 1:47.7 record-breaking Ladyship Mile victory at Tabcorp Menangle on Sunday afternoon.

Co-owner and breeder Charlie Roberts, who watched Adore Me’s breath-taking win on the big screen at Alexandra Park, said he was happy with any draw she got.

“She’s such a wonderful mare she can win from anywhere. I only hope she returns from Australia in good condition for Friday’s big race. She's always been sound though, never even had a pimple.

“I’m so proud of her. As of this moment she is no longer my mare, instead she is New Zealand’s mare,” 91-year-old Roberts said.

He was also pleased with the draw of his other Cup representative, Christen Me, who drew 11.

“They have both served me very well. It’s a race I would love to win,” said Roberts who is searching for his first Auckland Cup.

Last year Adore Me was runner-up to Terror To Love. This year ‘The Terror’ will start from barrier 9.

Meanwhile the Derby field evened itself out when likely favourite and impressive Prelude winner, Follow The Stars drew the outside of the front line (8), while the fancied Hughie Green drew one on the second row.

The draws are:

The Group One $250,000 Auckland Cup:

1 Cyamach

2 Smolda

3 Jason Rulz

4 Lancewood Lizzie

5 Sky Major

6 Ohoka Punter

7 Elios

8 Pemberton Shard

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9 Terror To Love

10 Lewy Risk

11 Christen Me

12 Border Control

13 Adore Me

The Group One $250,000 Woodlands Northern Derby:

 1. Have Faith In Me

 2. Express Stride

3. Kept Under Wraps

4. Robbie Burns

5. Art Union

6. Itz Bettor To Win

7. Delightful Offer (E2)

8. Follow The Stars

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9. Hughie Green

10. Change Stride

11. Bettor Spirits

12. Chachingchaching

13 Brilliant Strike

14 Hug The Wind

15 The Faithful (E1)