21 March 2016 | Courtesy of Harnesslink
The two year old pace at the harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway tonight looked a fairly open race with several runners being well supported on the tote.
Mongolian Storm was sent out the favourite but Tere The Terminator and Nicol Shard were very close up in the betting market as well.
Tere The Terminator led from barrier one for Blair Orange and was out by a couple of lengths passing the mile marker and then for no reason galloped and veered out and almost collected Nicol Shard and Dexter Dunn who were improving on his outer.
Mongolian Storm and Ricky May took the opportunity to work to the front and then hand up to Nicol Shard who after getting skittled by Tere The Terminator showed speed to whip around the field and lead.
The order stayed the same until Bettor To Be Tricky went up and applied real pressure passing the 500 metres mark.
Turning for home Bettor To Be Tricky surged to the front and looked the likely winner but Mongolian Storm slowly but surely started to real him in the last 150 metres and went on by in the last 50 metres for a deserved win.
Bettor To Be Tricky stuck on really well for second with the first starter Cobra Banner running on late for third.
In the coolish windy conditions, Mongolian Storm paced the 1950 metres in 2:24.1, a mile rate of 1:58.9 with the closing sectionals of 58.4 and 29.1.
Trainer Paul Court was happy with the run by the son of Courage Under Fire.
" He has missed a bit of work lately so he was pretty short tonight."
" I thought he might be vunerable because of that but class has got him home."
" That run will tighten him up bigtime and he can go to the Sires Stakes heat next week now."
" Also I think he is better driven with a sit because he has such high speed."
" Whatever he does at two is a bonus as I think he will make a lovely three year old," Paul said.
Driver Ricky May was also happy with the run of Mongolian Storm.
" He has actually won that a lot easier than it looked."
"I was trying to look after him throughout the race as I knew he was short of race fitness."
" It was really windy out there as well so it was a good effort," Ricky said.
Brad Mowbray, the trainer of Tere The Terminator was still shaking his head when asked for comment on his smart two year old.
" He galloped for no reason really which is frustrating but I suppose you can say he is a work in progress."
"He did make up a lot of ground after his gallop to finish where he did so there is no problem with the ability".
" We just needs the manners to come right," Brad said.