Day At The Track

Another Geelong Cup for Geoff Webster?

01:29 AM 25 Feb 2009 NZDT
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Geoff Webster
Geoff Webster

Geoff Webster has already won one "hometown cup" with Mister Swinger this year, but he will be looking to make it another with the star five-year-old this weekend. The Adelaide native, who won his home state's premier event when Mister Swinger took out the $100,000 South Australian Cup on January 10, has the star entire engaged in Saturday night's $30,000 APCO Easy Shops Geelong Cup.

Victory there would make for a satisfying double for the 53-year-old, who for more than three years has carried out his training operation from Bannockburn, near Geelong.

"I won the (South Australian) Cup in Adelaide, which is my home town, but I live down here now, so if I can make it a double at Geelong that would be nice," Webster said.

Saturday night's task might appear an easier assignment than his most recent outings - his SA Cup win was followed by Ballarat Cup victory and a luckless fifth placing in the BIG6 Hunter Cup - but Webster isn't underestimating the task confronting Mister Swinger (by Village Jasper) this weekend.

He fared well at the barrier draw, coming up with gate four, but inside him are the in-form Bold Cruiser (one), last weekend's Melbourne Mile winner Diamonds N Furs (two) and Kiwi Inter Dominion hopeful Zenad (three).

Also engaged in the 2570-metre mobile event to be run at 9.30pm are class act Cincinnati Kid (six) and boom Kiwi import Ohoka Utah (11), an effortless winner of last Sunday's Charlton Cup.

"My horse will have to be at his very best to beat them," Webster said. "Diamonds N Furs, even Bold Cruiser and Zenad, they all go pretty good, and then you've got the horses off the back as well.

"Even without Melpark Major it's still a good, strong race."

Webster won't be too distraught if Mister Swinger can't get the job done on Saturday night, however, providing he runs a forward race.

Next month's Inter Dominion on the Gold Coast is his main aim and he will improve on whatever he does at Geelong.

"I only came into this race at the last minute, so he's not completely tuned up like he was for the Hunter Cup, and hopefully he's still got another five percent improvement in him after the weekend," Webster said.

Brad BISHOP

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