Day At The Track

Mister Swinger the man at Cranbourne

02:20 AM 30 Nov 2008 NZDT
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Geoff Webster
Geoff Webster
Courtesy Of Harness Racing South Australia

Mister Swinger won his second leg of the Victorian Country Cup Carnival at Cranbourne last night, but a bigger cup could await the Geoff Webster-trained star on December 20. The five-year-old confirmed his status as a leading contender for the $375,000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup with an emphatic win in the $60,000 Group 2 Decron Cranbourne Cup.

It sits nicely alongside the Nyah Cup crown the son of Village Jasper won in October.

The performance was all the confirmation Webster needed to press ahead with a Victoria Cup start for Mister Swinger.

"That was probably the easiest run he's had since I've had him," the Bannockburn trainer said.

"The Victoria Cup is where we're heading and I like to run him the week before, so I'll probably give him a run in the week leading up to that race."

And on what he's shown the past couple of weekends, Mister Swinger shapes as a leading contender in anything he contests.

Seven days after his amazing second placing to Manwarra Goforgold in the MHRC Classic, he turned the tables on that horse in the Cranbourne feature.

While he worked to the early lead, Webster handed up to Manwarra Goforgold two laps from home and enjoyed a lovely trip. That ensured he had plenty in reserve for the home straight and when the run came along the Garry Rogers Supercars Sprint Lane he accelerated rapidly.

Mister Swinger hit the front inside the final 100m and powered away for a convincing 6-3/4-metre win as $2.60 favourite in a 2:00.5 mile rate, which included a 57.3-second last half.

Manwarra Goforgold ($3.40) held on for his second trip to the Cranbourne Cup runner-up's stall in as many years with Ti Vogliobene ($46) flashing home from second last at the top of the straight to snare third placing.

"He appreciated having an easy run for a change," Webster said. "Manwarra Goforgold has been going nicely and you knew that he was going to run them along, so he was a nice horse to follow and everything panned out nicely."

Brad Bishop

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