Henry Dwyer’s not normally one to forgo the chance to celebrate a Flemington winner, but he had a good excuse for not being on hand to greet Swampland at the winner’s stall on Saturday.
The expectant father was at home with wife Bec, who is close to giving birth.
That left stable foreman Matt Jenkins to do the talking after Swampland won the $100,000 Domain Plate.
“She’s not too far off, I think she was due yesterday or the day before, but the baby should come any tick of the clock,” Jenkins said.
“I think he’s been on standby all week, so we’re just hoping for a safe arrival.”
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The Caulfield horseman no doubt tuned in for the 1400-metre event and would have been thrilled to see the daughter of Redwood get the chance to show what she can do.
Although she had been placed at six of her first nine starts, which included a narrow Cranbourne victory at her previous start, she had not encountered the best of luck.
A smart ride by Chris Symons ensured the well-backed filly ($13 to $7.50) had clear running and she responded with a swift finishing burst that carried her to a head victory over $3.90 favourite Moonlites Choice, with Princess Of Queens ($8) 1.75 lengths away third.
“She’s got a good turn of foot, but hasn’t always been able to show it because she’s been luckless so it was good to see her get clear running and show that turn of foot.”