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Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler has The Bumper and Lil Miss Swiss in prime order in his quest to win a third Amberley Cup at Riccarton tomorrow.
Tyler produced evergreen galloper Timy Tyler to win the 1600m feature in 2015 and Lochan Ora followed a year later.
Rain is the key ingredient in the trainer landing a third Amberley Cup and helping his training partner, daughter Aimee, to win her first.
"Both horses are really well. It's the biggest test for The Bumper but if the rain comes like it's meant to, then he'll be right in it," Tyler said.
The Riccarton track was rated a slow9 yesterday, but it expected to deteriorate if predicted rain arrives.
Should the skies open it would be a big boost for The Bumper, as five of his six wins have come on heavy ground.
The Bumper, a 5yr-old, has won his last three starts.
Tyler said it has been a case of him realising his potential.
"On his trackwork, he should be headed straight to the top but he's not that genuine. But at the moment we've found his happy place, bowling along in front, so let's hope he can acquit himself well."
Lil Miss Swiss has shown her liking for heavy tracks in her recent Wairio and Riverton Cup wins.
Tyler is hoping for rain for her tomorrow and for the same conditions when she heads to Trentham next month.
"She loves a wet track and mud - the wetter the better for her.
"She's well and she's fresh and with the track already a slow9 and making it a testing mile, she's pretty right for this race."
Tyler is planning a raid on the Parliamentary Handicap at Trentham next month with the mare.
Tomorrow Tanya Jonker will continue her association with the mare tomorrow. Jonker's 2kg claim means Lil Swiss Miss will carry 52kg.
Kin Kwo will claim 3kg off The Bumper, who has an even lighter weight of 51kg.
Their claims could give the Tyler duo the chance to compete with the favourite and topweight, Who Dares Wins.
The Tony and Lyn Prendergast-trained 6yr-old will carry 61.5kg and gives a massive weight advantage away to many of his rivals.
Who Dares Wins has worked his way up the weight scale by producing three brilliant wins from three starts this campaign.
In the latest, he defeated two of his main rivals in Owen Patrick and Elfee.
Both horses meet Who Dares Wins 1kg better off than they did in that 1600m race at Riccarton.
Owen Patrick will carry 54kg with rider Robbie Hannam and Elfee has 56.5kg for Lisa Allpress.
North Island raider Scapolo adds to what is an intriguing handicap puzzle for punters to solve.
Kozzi Asano's 4kg claim brings the Kevin Myers-trained veteran's race weight down to 55kg.
TAB bookmakers think the top weight will prevail. They opened Who Dares Win as favourite ahead at $3.80 ahead of Owen Patrick ($4.80), Elfee ($4.80) and Scapolo ($5.50).