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Ray Green

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Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 5: Vinibaka

“He had a beautiful trip last week at Auckland and either wasn’t ready for it or wasn’t good enough. We’ll see how he goes this time but I’m not holding my breath. He’s better off going forward. He’s done his best work at the trials on the front end.’’

Race 7: Lincoln’s Girl

“She hasn’t raced for five months but Zac was very happy with her at the workouts last Saturday and she can give them a fright. She’s got some speed, but I’d just like to see her beat something of note before I start labelling her as anything special.’’

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News in brief

TIGER ROARS: Tiger Tara cemented a trip to Christchurch for the New Zealand Trotting Cup with a dominant display to win Saturday night’s Victoria Cup at Melton. Driven to the front by Todd McCarthy, Tiger Tara scored by 12 metres over Chicago Bull, who was forced to breeze most of the way, in a 1:53.4 mile rate for the 2240 metre mobile. Tiger Tara has run third in the New Zealand Cup for the last two years behind Lazarus.

IN THE SWING: Former Lincoln Farms pacer In The Swing continued his march through the grades in Perth when he scored at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The Rocknroll Hanover colt has now had 11 starts in Western Australia for nine wins and two seconds.

STAYING PUT: Smart three-year-olds Make Way and Trojan Banner won’t be going south with stablemate Beaudiene Western on Tuesday, trainer Ray Green opting to concentrate on the fourth Sires’ Stakes heat at Auckland on October 26 then keep them fresh for the Sales Series Final on New Year’s Eve.

SPRING IN STEP: Spring Campaign is proving a good buy for his Australian connections. Since being sold by Lincoln Farms he has won four races at Albion Park in Brisbane.

BLUE GLORY GONE: Lincoln Farms has sold Blue Glory to Queensland in a package deal with Lincoln Road. The American Ideal filly raced only twice here, winning on debut at Cambridge.