Pat Bermingham Jnr is confident his change of heart will be vindicated when Diamond Town tackles the Esperance Express Handicap (1300m) on Saturday.
The Kalgoorlie trainer planned to call time on Diamond Town’s campaign after he failed to impress at his previous encounter at Ascot on November 1.
Following successive wins at Geraldton Bermingham Jnr had high hopes but left deflated when the Akhenaton gelding beat just one runner home.
But combined with Diamond Town relishing a short let up and the lure of taking on less hardened horses, Bermingham Jnr had a rethink.
“It was my intention to give him a spell but after 10 days at my father’s property in Perth he was going to well and jumping out of his skin,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“He is rock-hard fit and I’m hoping to catch a few of them off guard seeing it’s the first meeting of the Esperance season.
“I was really disappointed by his Ascot run because he threw in the towel and gave it away at the 600m.
“But he is better than that and against this company I think he can bounce back and be very hard to beat.”
Diamond Town, who lumps top weight of 60kg for Natasha Faithfull, will jump from barrier nine in the field of 13.
“I’m not concerned by the draw as he will work across and go forward,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“He is a big horse and can carry 60kg.
“Natasha has a great record on him and that gives me added confidence.
“She has been aboard for three of his four career wins.
“All the signs are that he will run a forward race.”
Rod Brown’s Exclusive Honour, drawn in gate six for apprentice Emma Stent, appears to be the biggest threat to Diamond Town.
The Medal Of Honor six-year-old is out to shed his bridesmaid tag after he ended the Kalgoorlie season with four consecutive placings.
My Butler resumes for new trainer Helen Harding and has raced well fresh in the past with two placings from three first up attempts.
Frank Maynard’s Dancing Anna should appreciate a drop in class after running into Calamine and Tre Amici at Northam and Ascot respectively.
Diamond Town can give Bermingham Jnr and his partner Felicity Ives an early wedding gift with the pair to marry in Perth next week.
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