Trainer Peter Bamford said he was far from surprised by the ease of Swift Platinum’s victory in the Roebourne Cup (2200m) and he can see no reason why the five-year-old cannot continue his hot winning streak on Sunday.
Swift Platinum was the heavily backed favourite in Sunday’s Roebourne Cup and gave favourite backers an easy ride throughout, leading from the outset and drawing away to put an eight length margin on his next rival.
After a winning hatrick including the Harding Cup (1400m) at Roebourne, Bamford is confident the son of Oratorio can make it four in a line and help end a frustrating run for him in the Tabtouch Port Hedland Cup (2200m).
“I’ve run a couple of seconds so hopeful of winning one this weekend,” Bamford told The Races WA.
“I wasn’t surprised by his Roebourne Cup win, I was more concerned how he would go at the trip for the first time.
“He has pulled up well from the run, licked out his bin and is doing everything right.
“He has blossomed since the day he got here and he will be fit and ready.”
With Swift Platinum and stable mate Greco also entered for the Port Hedland Cup, Bamford will relish his chances of breaking through in the $50,000 race.
Greco stormed into calculations after demolishing his rivals by seven lengths over 1800m at Roebourne last Sunday.
Bamford believes he has two top chances going into the Port Hedland Cup.
“He is a serious hope,” Bamford said.
“He smashed them at Roebourne.
“I’m more than happy with him.”
Swift Platinum lumps the 61.5kg top weight in the Port Hedland Cup, a rise of 2kg on his last start win.
In a field of 11 starters he will jump from barrier four. Regular jockey Michelle Hagley retains the ride.
To jump from barrier two, Greco carries 55.5kg, 3.5kg less that his Roebourne victory.
With Hagley opting to ride Swift Platinum, Peta Edwards has claimed the mount.
Veteran jockey Colin Haddon says he is delighted to be back in the saddle after an injury layoff.
Haddon has been absent for a month since slipping a disc in his back and rides outside prospect, Verreaux.
“I’ve got the all clear from the doctors today (Wednesday),” Haddon said.
“He (Verreaux) is out of form, but you have to be in it to win it.