Day At The Track

Highview Tommy now being beach trained

05:54 AM 13 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Highview Tommy - can a change of scenery bring him back to his best?
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Two-time New Zealand Cup place getter Highview Tommy will still be in blue, just a slightly lighter shade. The 7-year-old enigmatic pacer has been shifted to the Woodend Beach stable of Greg and Nina Hope on the advice of his former harness racing trainer Mark Purdon.

'Tommy', who is only two thousand away from cracking the $1 million in stakes earnings, has struggled to find his best form since his very creditable New Zealand Cup second; leaving Purdon thinking that a change of scenery may be the option.

"It's an absolute pleasure to have him in the stable. He is a lovely horse, and he seems to have a great attitude," said Greg Hope.

"You wouldn't think he was a 7-year-old stallion; he is more like a gelding," he added.

"Mark (Purdon) said that he had been working well but had been disappointing on raceday."

"He has settled in really well, and bowled down the beach perfectly today and seemed to love it. So I am hopeful the change of scenery and beach training can get him back to his best."

"We will look to freshen him up a bit, and get him ready for the Easter Cup. He is such a great stayer so that looks an ideal target," stated Hope.

Meanwhile Hope confirmed his other stable stars Mossdale Connor and Jason Rulz had both come through their last start runs well, and will both race at next week's premier meeting at Addington.

"Mossdale Connor will start in the 3yo Flying Stakes; he was good finishing fourth in the Great Northern Derby and can measure up to the best of them with a bit more time."

"Jason Rulz was just jumping out of his skin when he got home from the Chariots and was carrying on like a mad man. Ricky said if he hadn't had ducked for cover around the bend he would have been in the first three in the Chariots for sure."

"He came through the race terrific; you would have thought they had gone 2-10 not 1-50," he added.

The Hope's have a busy weekend ahead with ten horses engaged to race at Motukarara on Sunday. Of them, Hope rated Indefinite as their best chance.

"He is a nice enough wee horse, and is improving all the time. I know he didn't beat much at Westport, but he did win well, and I think he can pick another one up at short notice."

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Highview Tommy finishing second in last year's New Zealand Cup:

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