Former South Australian pacer Sir Swanky is thriving on a change to his training routine at Forrestdale and connections are confident he will play a major role in Gloucester Park feature events.
The six-year-old gelding, a winner in Adelaide at 13 of 16 starts before a transfer to co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond's stable several weeks ago, is shaping to reproduce his interstate form.
"Sir Swanky has taken a liking to lunging on a long rein around our arena," Greg Bond said.
"The change from standard trackwork is freshening his attitude and proving a fitness booster.
"The horse's enthusiasm for lengthy circular work-outs will increase his stamina. We should see the benefits when he returns to racing within a fortnight.
"Variation of training methods has always been a key to keeping horses interested in racing and arena lunging certainly appeals to Sir Swanky."
His Victorian owners decided to pursue Perth success after the gelding won races in nine consecutive starts at Adelaide's Globe Derby course last season.
"Sir Swanky handled Gloucester Park well in a win four weeks ago, before it was decided to freshen him," Bond said.
The Bonds, who have developed a showplace stable, were rewarded when winning last season's State harness racing trainers' premiership.
They will start Sydney Inter Dominion entrant Ima Rocket Star, Gate Bender, Franco Quarry, Bettor Still and Onedin Crusader at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Ima Rocket Star clashes in the Tabtouch Western Bonanza Pace (2130m) with Lombo Navigator, who is also nominated for the $750,000 Inters Championship (3000m) at Menangle on March 3.
The Andrew De Campo-trained Lombo Navigator ran a fighting third to stablemate Dasher VC in last Friday's $250,000 Fremantle Cup (2936m).
Comeback pacer Bonavista Bay is expected to be prominent in the Tabtouch Western Bonanza Pace, despite drawing barrier 10.
Bonavista Bay, a $500,000 stake-earner trained by Mike Reed, has not raced since a leg injury after he won over 2240m in Melbourne almost three years ago.
The seven-year-old proved his fitness by winning a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday for reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, who will drive him in Friday's race.
Danieljohn has drawn the pole in Friday night's $50,000 San Simeon Classic Final (2130m).
Benjamin Banneker, who last Friday won a San Simeon qualifying heat, had his prospects in the final dented by a back-line draw.
·Im Themightyquinn has not been affected by a minor leg knock and is expected to start in the Lord Mayor's Cup (2536m) on Friday week.
"Sir Swanky has taken a liking to lunging on a long rein around our arena.""Trainer *Greg Bond *