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Complete adoration

By Adam Hamiltom

Visiting American superstar driver Tim Tetrick best summed-up Adore Me’s astonishing Ladyship Mile win.

“If I could take one horse home from this trip, it would be her,” said Tetrick, who added to his legion of fans during 10 days in NSW for the World Drivers’ Championship.

“She’s something else. I hope they don’t take her to the US, she’s hold her own with anything at home.”

Tetrick predicted something special from Adore Me in the Ladyship after watching her Brian Hancock win the week before.

“She doesn’t get tired. Why? Because she’s got such an effortless, amazing gait. She takes nothing out of herself.

“Of all the great memories of this trip Down Under, Adore Me will be up with any of them.”

Adore Me obliterated the Australasian mile record when she sat parked – yes one-away from the inside and outside the leader – and paced a ludicrous 1min47.7sec mile in the Ladyship.

It was just 0.1sec outside the world mile record for a mare, set by Put On A Show at The Meadowlands in New Jersey on August 4, 2012.

It must be noted they race in faster carts and the averages times are so much quicker at The Meadowlands than Menangle’s Tabcorp Park.

“If she’s found the front, she might have gone 1min46sec,” Purdon smiled. “It was incredible to watch how easily she did. Nat (Rasmussen) didn’t have to drive her right out.

“That’s as good as it gets. She’s just incredible. I’ve thought from the start she’s something else.”

The tributes flowed from the sport’s biggest names after the win.

Chris Alford said: “Not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like that. How good is she? I never thought I’d see a mare do that.”

Cran Dalgety said: “What can you say? She somehow found a way to go better than she did in the NZ Cup and I don’t think anyone thought that was possible.”

Gavin Lang added: “I thought I was a chance of beating on the home bend because she’s done so much work early and not really settled after that, but she just switched into another gear. It was just incredible.”

Adore Me will now be jetted straight home for Friday night’s Auckland Cup.

Despite drawing outside the back row, she’s heading there in such intimidating form she must be the one to beat.