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High hopes for 'Tommy' in Easter Cup

11:55 PM 26 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Highview Tommy - can a change of scenery bring him back to his best?
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In a small 7-horse field where two time New Zealand Cup champion Terror To Love will start a dominate favourite, who is more likely to upset than Highview Tommy?

We saw him do it in the 2012 Ballarat Cup when he rolled home at odds of $102, and on two occasions he has spiced up the New Zealand Cup Trifecta.

And co-trainer Greg Hope thinks the beach training and new environment may just have him back in that sort of form.

"He doesn't do anything out of the ordinary at home but 'gee' does he step up when you take him off the place."

That was the comment made by co-trainer Greg Hope following Highview Tommy's blazing rangiora workout win last Saturday.

"The way he trialled on Saturday I think he is a definite contender in the Easter Cup, although Terror To Love is going to take all sorts of beating.

Highview Tommy's regular driver Blair Orange will be the pilot for Saturday's feature, the only difference is he will be wearing a slightly lighter shade of blue than he is used to when steering the Bettor's Delight entire.

"That was part of the deal when he was sent to us."

"I'm glad Blair will be driving, he knows ‘Tommy' better than anyone, said Hope.

Others who can at least give New Zealand's best pacer, Terror To Love, something to chase on Saturday include emerging talent and quick beginner Jivin Cullen as well as last week's impressive Gotta Go Cullen Free-For-All winner Fly Like An Eagle.

*Footnote: Highview Tommy only needs to earn $1,308 more to become the earner of 1 million dollars.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Highview Tommy finishing second to Terror To Love in the NZ Cup

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