By TONY WHITE
GIANT gelding Concitare edged a step closer to realising a long term plan and dream for local trainer Bruce Swan with a powerhouse win at Grafton races yesterday.
The 600kg behemoth lumped 60.5kg to score a 2-1/2 length win in the M & N Causley Transport-M & T Byard Transport Hcp (1500m).
For two years Swan has plotted a course towards this year's $175,000 XXXX Gold Grafton Cup (2400m) on July 14.
"Everything is on target, so far so good," Swan said. "He's a good horse this bloke.
"It would just be a dream come true if Concitare could win the Grafton Cup for dad.
"I wouldn't care if I never won another race but if he came through that (Grafton Cup) we'd have to consider heading south."
Heading south means the Caulfield and possibly Melbourne cups during the spring carnival.
Swan's dad was legendary Somerton trainer Keith Swan. Swan, who was a regular at the Grafton carnival for over three decades, died shortly after last year's Grafton Cup carnival.
Despite winning a host of feature carnival races including the 1995 Ramornie with Indian Chief, Keith Swan never won a Grafton Cup.
"It was one race Keith always wanted to win but maybe we can do it for him," Bruce Swan added.
Concitare was ridden yesterday by top jockey Zac Purton.
"He feels really good," Purton told Swan after the win.