Day At The Track

Mister Swinger primed for finals berth

04:46 AM 19 Mar 2009 NZDT
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Geoff Webster and Mister Swinger
Geoff Webster and Mister Swinger

You couldn't blame Victorian horseman, Geoff Webster for having a smug smile on his face this week. The Bannockburn (near Geelong) trainer-driver is sitting pretty heading into Saturday night's second round of Interdominion heats on the Gold Coast.

His stable star Mister Swinger finished third behind Diamond N Furs and Changeover in last Saturday night's first round of heats. Throw in another two points for his 2009 South Australia Pacing Cup win and a point for his 2009 Ballarat Cup win and Mister Swinger doesn't have to do much this weekend to qualify for the $1 million final at Parklands Raceway on March 28.

"We'll need some luck against the good horses if we make the final but I couldn't be happier with where we are placed at the moment. This is the pinnacle of what we work for. The horse is fine and he's drawn well," Webster said.

The Village Jasper 5-year-old entire has landed the four draw in this week's first heat. It's a race Webster thinks he can win considering former American pacer, Mr Feelgood is a loose $3.60 favourite. Mister Swinger is third favourite behind Karloo Mick ($5) at $5.50.

"He wasn't quite spot on last week. However we were lucky, taking those extra points into the Series meant we actually finished second. This is our last chance and he will be improved by last week's first race on the track. I will leave no stone unturned for this week's heat," Webster said.

Mister Swinger drew six of nine last Saturday night and Webster said he would be looking to go forward at the start from barrier four this week.

"I think on this track and in this type of Series you have to be handy, so I'll be definitely pressing forward at the start and then ducking for cover," Webster said.

The Victorian has been training for a quarter of a century now and regarded former New Zealand Cup winner, Flashing Red as the best horse he had driven. He said Mister Swinger was the best he had trained.

"I've been in a few Interdominions previously and haven't even got warm with a few outside drives. This is a great chance to get some of it. He can win on Saturday and then place the following week," Webster said.

"Right now I couldn't be happier," he added.

Mister Swinger has now raced 51 times for 20 wins, 14 placings and just over $400,000 in career stakes.

Duane RANGER (in Brisbane)

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