New Zealand Cup, 3rd rankings

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Tiger Tara has again been the major beneficiary of the latest round of rankings for the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup following his spritely victory in Sunday’s Hannon Memorial at Oamaru.

The Geoff Dunn trained pacer’s effort pushed him to inside the top 15 places – up four from his previous spot 16th to 12th on the order of entry for the race. It won’t secure the impressive four-year-old a berth for certain, but puts him on the right track.

Others to improve on their position over the weekend were Hannon runner-up Four Starzzz Flash who was rewarded for his return to form with a jump from 24th to 19th while Pass Them By moved up three spots to 20th on the list and Pure Power up three spots as well from 26th to 23rd with his fourth placing in the Hannon.

NZ Derby winner Locharburn, runnerup to Christen Me when the tight class pacers resumed at Addington last month, is a notable early withdrawal from the cup.

Latest rankings

1. Terror To Love
2. Christen Me
3. For A Reason (NSW)
4. Themightyquinn (WA)
5. Adore Me
6. Pembrook Benny
7. Seel N Print (NSW)
8. Franco Ledger
9. Smolda
10. Easy On The Eye
11. Abettorpunt (Vict)
12. Tiger Tara
13. Franco Nelson
14. Jason Rulz
15. Fly Like An Eagle

16. Jimmy Johnstone
17. Pemberton Shard
18. Bit Of A Legend
19. Pass Them By
21. Hands Christian
22. Arden Rooney
23. Pure Power
24 Lets Elope
25. Maximan (Vict)
26. Classiesistar
27. Vice Chairman
28. Averil’s Quest
29. Lewy Risk

Withdrawals: Besotted, Locharburn, Jivin Cullen, Belkmyster, Ballindooley, The Wrath Of Robyn, Maiden Rome, Franco Harrington.

Courtesy of HRNZ