Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Inexperienced two-year-old Swingband, a $70,000 purchase at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale, gave a strong indication that he is destined for a successful career when he finished full of running to score a decisive victory in the 2130m Channel 7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his third win for Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell from four starts and took his earnings to $21,098.
“He was super and sharp tonight and back to his best,” said reinsman Aiden de Campo after the Alta Christiano gelding, the second favourite at $1.90 in the field of five, had sprinted home strongly to win by two lengths from the $1.80 favourite Rombo Rabbit.
Swingband was restrained back to last from the outside barrier, while Gary Hall jnr dawdled through the lead time in a slow 39.9sec. and then first quarter in a dawdling 32sec. with Rombo Rambo, a smart winner at Pinjarra at his two previous appearances.
The third 400m section was covered in a smart 28.3sec. before the final quarter was run in 29sec.
Swingband settled in last position, seven lengths behind Rombo Rabbit, before de Campo eased the gelding off the pegs to move forward into the breeze. Swingband surged to the front 220m from home and coasted to the line, rating 2.0.8.
Swingband is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Bettors Gem, who was a smart performer for trainer-reinsman Shane Young, earning $103,276 from her 11 wins and 13 placings from 40 starts. Swingband is related to the New Zealand-bred Ebony Gem, who raced 43 times for 13 wins and 19 placings for stakes of $317,030. A highlight of Ebony Gem’s career was his head victory over Lombo Pocket Watch in the group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Harold Park in August 2008.