MORE SUCCESS FOR TERROR TO LOVE AT ASHBURTON .
Two more chapters were added to the Terror To Love Success Story at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday (April 2)
TOTAL DIVA, already qualified and race placed for Paul Court beat a field of qualifiers stacked with fashionable pedigrees in 2.02.5 for the mile in damp conditions. The filly is remarkable for the fact that the first few generations of her pedigree features five NZ Cup winners. She is by Terror from a Flashing Red mare. She is preparing for the Sires Stakes series.
"She was an eyecatcher at the trials one day and we decided to buy her. She is not the most fashionable of breeds but it is a solid pedigree and she was really impressive at the trials. " said Graham.
The filly was then trained by Mark Fuller. Total Diva won two more trials from Paul's barn then ran third in a two year old filly race at Northern Southland to Gemma Mac who ran 1.55.4 to win. Total Diva gained her qualifying ticket running third in 1.55.9.
She then ran third in the time-honoured Leonard Memorial at the Cheviot meeting at Addington a length and a head from the promising Spellbound, and then ran third to the same filly in the Caduceus Alabar Classic at Invercargill thus becoming the first black type performer for her sire with a second stakes placed performance.
That five cup pedigree is looking even better now, as is the price paid for her
Paul and Blair Orange also qualified MOSSMAN by Terror To Love at Ashburton on Wednesday. He is a half-brother to Brilliant Strike (10 wins) from the Christian Cullen mare Christian Star. Mossman hails from the famous "Derby" family of Adio Star who left four Derby winners and whose daughter Bionic Star left the near champion filly Bionic Chance, often cited by Mike De Filippi in later years as the best horse he drove-so the best is yet to come!
MILLWOOD TILLY SETS A NEW MARK FOR TERROR TO LOVE IN QUALIFIER
In becoming TERROR TO LOVE'S 10th qualifier in just a few months MILLWOOD TILLY also became the fastest clocking the mile in 1.56.9 home in 56.2 and 26.8 !
Millwood Tilly is the first foal of the eight race winning mare Albuqurque and bred by Katie Carville. She is trained by Mark Jones
at Burnham and looks ready to make a raceday splash at short notice on this performance. Stavros The Terror, who has already shown raceday form in Auckland, and The Terrorist were the fastest qualifiers breaking 2.02 for the mile.
SIX ! YES SIX! TERROR TO LOVE TWO YEAR OLDS QUALIFY in one day !AT ASHBURTON ON TUESDAY
Every studmaster's dream day. SIX youngsters by Terror went to Ashburton on Tuesday and six of them qualified a terrific start to the Triple Cup winner's career start !
The Roll of Honour
The Terrorist-Terror To Love Kamwood Cully one mile in 2.01.2
Terror the Christian -Terror To Love A Fine Christian 2.03.2
Yoha (filly) Terror To Love -Star Art 2.02.2
Lavazza (filly) Terror to Love-Artsplacelater 2.02.9
Terror Taylor Terror to Love-You Can't Make Me 2.03.1
Sailaway Terror to Love-Art Lover 2.02.5
"It was a huge thrill" said Pinelea boss Graham Court "They had been showing enough at home to go and quallify but to do it all once and so well was a big thing for Terror"
"They will have a few weeks off now before we get serious again but we have several more here ready to go after a few more weeks work. Its looking great for Terror to Love so far especially as two of our qualifiers were fillies
THE TERRORIST 2.01.2
STAVROS THE TERROR -makes his mark-off to Auckland for the Young Guns
Stavros the Terror made a stylish fist of his two year old trial at Rangiora on Wednesday. Driven by Paul in difficult slushy conditions he ran his well bred highly rated stablemate Mach Da Vinci to half a head. Half a head further back was the top priced colt of the last PGG Wrightson Yearling Sale, Smooth Deal, who cost over 200,000.
Stavros the Terror is a half-brother to Eye Candy from the McArdle mare Have a Look who qualified. He looks to boost the stocks of TERROR TO LOVE in the coming months
Yoha one of the Terror To Love fillies showing promise at Harcourt Lodge
The Terror fillies are still in a learning curve but going the right way. Paul is driving Love is Fine a half sister to Seel n Print. Amazing Terror, a half to Storm Prince is on the outer,
CULLEN'S STUNIN THEM
Storm Prince added to STUNIN CULLEN'S increasingly fine record with a classy win at Addington on Thursday. It was his third win from just 13 starts and justified Paul Court's view he would be a force to be reckoned with in the next few months at least. A classy drive from Blair Orange did him no harm his blistering second last 400m (28.6 on a freezing night) taking the sting out of his rivals who could not match his closing speed either.
Storm Prince has always looked a class horse. He is bred on a fashionable cross of the In the Pocket line over an Abercrombie line mare by Artsplace. Storm Prince traces to one time top mare In or Out. She was from the Estella Amos line and closely related to a host of winners for the late Alistair Kerslake too many to mention
Storm Prince has a number of opportunities coming up to further his record though he will be in some demand for export after this bold effort
Mongolian Machete (blaze) and Stun Gun at work at Harcourt Stables
Top: Mongolian Machete leads Stun Gun in fast work on Paul Court's West Melton track.
Bottom: Stun Gun (left) shows his stuff in the sprint home
While DIRECT CONTROL was adding to Stunin Cullen's record with an impressive win on the first day of the Marlborough meeting, trainer Paul Court was busy back at West Melton getting the stallion's next winner to concert pitch.
Stun Gun is coming up a treat for his new campaign and judging by his efforts to date he won't be long getting the job done.
Stun Gun, raced by Terry McDonald, has raced only in good company in his short career to date and Paul is convinced he will be a more than useful horse over the next 12 months.
"He has come up pretty well. I think he will be a good horse and he has got all the attributes to use his ability the right way" Paul said as Stun Gun hoppled up with Mongolian Machete on Friday.
Stun Gun won a workout with Ricky May up at Ashburton back in November and then won a qualifying trial. He finished off his work strongly on Friday and is one to look out for when he reappears.
Direct Control has also won a trial in mid May. He traces to the grand racemare Tempest Tiger .
On Sunday Direct Control is up against stablemate STORM PRINCE who has shaped as well as any to date and is sure to represent his sire well
Young Terror To Loves Watching and Learning
Katie Likes What She Sees
Paul and Graham Court are big fans of the Terror to Love yearlings and foals-but they are not alone.
Katie Cox the prominent horsewoman who has educated a number of them for the stable is also impressed.
"I have handled a number of them and they are all much the same and consistent in their attitude which is always a good sign with stallion stock" says Katie who educates horses as a sideline to her training and driving activities which keep her busy enough.
"I have broken in a lot of horses over the years of of different sorts and the Terror To Loves have the right skills to make good racehorses" says Katie, not one to get carried away in her assessment.
"They have a good outlook, all paced easily and were excellent to handle. You can't tell at this stage how good they might be but that is true of all breeds. What you can say is that they have all the attributes to be top racehorses."
Katie who has worked with Dean Taylor and Colin and Julie De Filippi as well as young horse expert Jamie Gameson, is having a successful season on the tracks. She knows what is required.
Paul and Graham were equally impressed whent they got a group of youngsters home from Katie's.
"They were lovely pacers, I think everyone can agree on that for a start" Graham said.
"But even more impressive was the way they went. We thought any of them could have paced a half in (1) 10 right then. We are really looking forward to getting them into work later on. It is very encouraging for us because making a stallion is always a challenge"
ABOVE AND BELOW- Promising youngsters. The four Terror To Loves in the photo below were all educated by Katie Cox
A Stunin Strike Rate !
ISTUNIN CULLEN is back in the country and thriving as he prepares for the new breeding season.And his racing stock should ensure that it is a good one.
Kacie Cullen won well at the trials at Ashburton and Stunin Type went boldly for second in his heat. There are others waiting in the wings including Bardot, Storm Prince , Stunin Love and Stun Gun still in contention so the season is not over yet.
So far this season Stunin Cullen has 14 starters for 5 winners and his eldest crop only three he has made a solid start to his career.
This is also affected by the battle most New Zealand bred stallions have to attract the best mares in consistent numbers.
So Stunin Cullen has started well -and with more to come.