Christen Me rules Easter at Addington

By Matt Markham

A New Zealand Trotting Cup campaign is looking more and more likely for Christen Me.

The Miracle Mile, Victoria Cup and Auckland Cup winner added an Easter Cup to the tally last night at Addington bringing to an end an incredible 12 months on the track.

It should be enough to secure him horse of the year honours at the annual awards in August although Stent might have something to say about that should he claim a Group One double at Alexandra Park later this month.

But as opposed to reflecting, Cran Dalgety was more fielding questions looking ahead as people scramble to work out what his plans will be with the superstar pacer next season.

Following his Auckland Cup victory last month, Dalgety seemed coy on a New Zealand Trotting Cup tilt with the Inter Dominion Series so close after it.

But last night, the momentum was shifting back in favour of Addington on the second Tuesday in November.

“It keeps coming back into my mind,’’ he said.

“Obviously we will have to sit down and go over it all before weighing it up but looking at the dates it might seem possible that we could do both.

“My only concern is that there is three times he’s been out on his feet and they’ve all been after hard two mile slogs.’’

Logic would most likely suggest that Dalgety could have his cake and eat it too by simply focusing on the Group One New Zealand Free-For-All before heading to Western Australia – but this is the New Zealand Trotting Cup.

“They could run it for $50,000 and it would still have that macho fee about.

“I think it’s going to be a decision we make as we go along, I guess I could safely say he will be in one of the two races on Cup Week – which one though, I’m not sure.’’

Christen Me finishes his five-year-old season with nine wins and three placings from 14 starts and more than $1.2 million in stakes – more than double his entire lifetime earnings.

While he’s been brilliant, Dunn has been sensational and was again last night.

It could have been an easy thing to get panicky as Border Control stole a quarter down the back, but with knowledge of the horse in front of him, Dunn played it patient and never moved until the 400 metre mark.

“I was a little bit worried,’’ Dalgety said.

“But if Dex had come out any earlier Tony Herlihy was just going to push him out.

“He weighed it up really well and just trusted his speed.’’

He stopped the clock in a blistering 3:57.2 – a race record time.

Border Control, who led for the last 1800 metres fought brave for third while Terror To Love, who galloped away in his final appearance was simply sensational in running third – beaten less than half a length.