Greg Kilner-trained Swanston Inverell Cup bound after Grafton win

The Greg Kilner-trained Swanston winning at Grafton. Photo: Trackside Photography.

Greg Kilner is eyeing a well-deserved holiday in January, with the Grafton trainer planning to send all his gallopers to the paddock while he heads to Queensland for some rest and recreation.

“They will close the (Grafton) track for five or six weeks soon so I’m having a holiday and going to Queensland,” Kilner laughed. 

“Once January comes, they will all go to the paddock and have a month off.”

The popular trainer will look to win the time-honoured Inverell Cup on New Year’s Day before he heads north though, with recent Grafton winner Swanston set to contest $45,000 feature over the 1400m journey.

The talented four-year-old won his fifth race from 19 starts at Grafton today, when storming home to win well in the 1400m Benchmark 66 Handicap.

Under the guidance of Luke Rolls, he started the $4.60 second favourite and was ridden midfield but he proved too strong in the end, winning by 1.05 of a length from Dark Euro ($7.50), with Rent Gent ($9.50) jut behind the pair.

“I will probably set him for the Inverell Cup. That would be a nice race for him,” Kilner said. 

“He is not a bad little horse. I thought he would win today. He was a certainty in my books and better than those horses.”

A northern expedition is on the cards before the Inverell Cup though.

“He has to have another run. I will take him to Queensland because he is out of them (Benchmark) 66s here in NSW, so I’ll give him a run in a fortnight and then probably head to Inverell,” Kilner said. 

Swanston has continued to improve in Northern NSW and Kilner said bigger feature races and longer trips awaited the Smart Missile gelding.

“I think he will get out over those distances,” Kilner said.

“After Inverell, we will give him that month off, and bring him back in March and go from there. 

“He is a South Grafton cup horse for sure, that’s what he probably be set for.”

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