Horse racing: Australian hopeful Swayzee hoping to spoil Kiwi party at New Zealand Trotting Cup

An Australian is hoping to spoil the party at Tuesday's New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington.

Swayzee is hoping to become just the third Aussie in the last 36 years to win harness racing's pinnacle event. 

It's a light jog for two of the Dalgety stable's New Zealand Cup hopes, Republican Party and Krug - a day out from Kiwi harness racing's big dance.

"Obviously they don't know it's a big day tomorrow," trainer Cran Dalgety told Newshub. "But [I] just keep them in a happy zone.

"That's probably the top of our priorities."

For Krug that involves cooling off in the pool, before what looks to be a sweltering day in Christchurch. 

"[They] just had a little swim to freshen up their legs and pretty much keep them as bright as we can so they absolutely fire in for the big day," said driver Carter Dalgety.

But it's the Aussie guest at the stable that's attracting the most attention.

The Kiwis have been put on notice, with Swayzee winning its last eight starts across the ditch, including the group one Queensland Championship.

Trainer and owner Jason Grimson hopes the five-year-old gelding can become just the third Aussie to win the Cup since 1987.

"Honestly, I like the challenge," he told Newshub. "It's quite different coming over here.

"It's out of Cam and my comfort zone, but I think we're good at what we do.

"We can get the job done."

His biggest threat lies with Mark Purdon-trained Akuta who has been a step ahead of his Kiwi rivals this spring.

But, yet to meet this Aussie raider, Tuesday will be the ultimate test.

"It would be good to win the race, just for everyone back home," said Grimson. 

Recent history might be against him, but there's nothing to suggest Swayzee can't make it nine in a row at Addington.