Racing: Terror To Love faces Interdom winner

By Michael Guerin

Bettor Cover Lover has recovered from a serious injury. Photo / Greg Bowker
Bettor Cover Lover has recovered from a serious injury. Photo / Greg Bowker

Life doesn't get much easier for New Zealand Cup hero Terror To Love in his Australian debut this week.

The Canterbury 4-year-old - fresh from spanking Smoken Up at Addington last Tuesday - will meet former Interdominion champ Mr Feelgood at Menangle on Saturday night.

And to make life even more difficult, he has drawn outside the millionaire pacer in the A$77,500 Cordina Farms Sprint, the final lead-up to next week's Miracle Mile.

Terror To Love will start from barrier eight in the mobile mile should the emergencies not regain the field, with Mr Feelgood at barrier six, from where he will start favourite. Another former United States pacer, Lisagain, now trained in New Zealand by the Butt brothers, will start from the outside of the gate.

The latter was a fighting second to Franco Jamar at Menangle last Saturday on his Southern Hemisphere debut and would only need to perform to that level again to be guaranteed a spot in the Mile.

Terror To Love flies to Sydney tomorrow and as long as he performs adequately on Saturday night he, too, will be invited to the Mile after the race.

That means, barring any great form reversals on Saturday, which is set for 10.15pm (NZ time), there will be four New Zealand pacers in the Miracle Mile.

Meanwhile, the fairytale comeback of Bettor Cover Lover reaches a new chapter at the workouts today.

The multiple group one winning mare nearly died last season after badly cutting herself in a transportation accident when returning from her victory in the Victoria Oaks.

There were grave concerns for her life, let alone her race career, but she has staged a miracle recovery and will compete at the workouts today.

Co-trainer Brent Mangos is happy with the mare's progress and all going well she will be aimed at a major mares' double at Alexandra Park next month.

That is also the aim for her arch-rival and reigning Horse of the Year, Carabella, who has looked forward for her resumption at the trials recently.

- NZ Herald

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