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Harness Racing: Swingband dilemma for Bell

Trainer Ryan Bell says Swingband's impressive victory in the group 3 $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park has presented him with a dilemma over their next move.

Swingband put in a fine performance to hold off the hot fancy The Miki Taker on Friday night and Bell now may have a rethink over where they head to next.

Options for Swingband

Heading into Friday's assignment Bell was planning on skipping next month's APG Gold Bullion with his three-year-old as they focused on the $50,000 Pearl that takes place on 13th May.

However after watching Swingband only just hold off The Miki Taker, Bell could now rethink his preparation for the Pearl and carry on racing.

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"Tonight, Swingband got a bit keen, which is not normal. Two weeks between races might have got to him a bit, even though I thought he was spot on. With the run he had I thought he should have put The Miki Taker away better than that," Bell said after the win.

"But he did come back in, blowing up huge. I haven’t missed him at home, and I think that the sign of a good horse is that the more you do with him (at training), the better it is. Tonight, he showed that he needed the run."

Bullion looks likely

Bell says he will talk to the owners but thinks there is the possibility of Swingband racing in the APG Gold Bullion heats and hopefully the final.

"It was a good win (rating 1.55 over the 2130m), but with the run he had I thought he should have won more easily, even though Aiden’s horse (The Miki Taker) is a bit of a bulldog," he added.

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