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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Swingband, a big gelding with a powerful physique and an apt stable name of The Tank, took another giant step towards an ambitious target of a clean sweep in this year’s three-year-old classics when he steamrolled the opposition in the $50,000 APG Gold Bullion final for colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

His runaway victory followed wins in the group 2 Sales Classic and the group 3 Caduceus Club Classic, and his connections are now looking forward to the Alta Christiano pacer contesting the three-year-old Pearl Classic on May 13 before having a break and coming back for the $100,000 Westbred Classic in September and the $200,000 WA Derby in November.

Swingband, prepared by Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell and driven by Michael Grantham, was the $1.40 favourite in Friday night’s group 2 feature event in which he had to do all the hard work in the breeze before careering away from his rivals and winning by five lengths from $101 outsider Mister Piccolo.

He began speedily from the No. 5 barrier, but both he and the $4.80 second fancy Rock On Top were held at bay by the polemarker and $13 chance Stereophonic, who after a slick lead time of 7.8sec., sped over the opening quarters of the final mile in 27.6sec. and 28.1sec.

Swingband eventually surged to the front about 570m from home and raced away to win in magnificent fashion. Loucid Dreams, a Colin Brown-trained stablemate of Mister Piccolo, ran on gamely from sixth, three back on the pegs, at the bell to be third, with Rock On Top fading to finish last after being trapped three wide throughout the 1730m event. Stereophonic was a wilting fifth.

The final 400m sections were covered in 29.1sec. and 30.3sec., with Swingband rating 1.54.3.

Swingband, who is owned by Kevin Jeavons, his son Kyle and Kyle’s friends Peter Toll and Carl Lancaster, was purchased for $70,000 at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale. He now has earned $128,252 from seven wins and three placings from 13 starts.