Trans Tasman Trot Tussle

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New Zealand champion Terror To Love # is looking for back-to-back Victorian success when he contests the Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup on Saturday  night.

Cran Dalgety's superstar returned to form winning last week's Cranbourne Cup after a sterling battle with fellow New Zealand pacer Christen Me. While there's no Beautide or Christen Me this week, local Guaranteed looms as a real danger. Trained by Emma Stuart, Guaranteed has finished in the minor placings at his last two starts over a mile and will relish the step up to 2710m. 

Stuart also prepares the promising Philadelphia Man , which has been very impressive, winning his last two outings after a couple of years on the sidelines due to injury. Now a six-year-old, Philadelphia Man did win a Group 1 three seasons ago. Injury free, the son of Art Major is the likely leader and could prove hard to run down.

The Group 1 VL Dullard Trotters Cup is again dominated by Australia's best square gaiter Keystone Del which is going for 11 victories on the trot (yes, poor pun intended).

The other feature on the night is the Group 3 Victoria Sires Classic (2200m). Unbeaten filly Jilliby Royal is again looking to lower the colours of promising gelding Menin Gate
whose only defeat in five starts came at the hands of Jilliby Royal three runs ago.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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