WARRNAMBOOL trainer Matthew Williams is prospecting for gold today at Bendigo with two gallopers in contrasting form.
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Williams and Warrnambool father-and-son training partnership Bill and Symon Wilde have been lured to Bendigo for the richest day of flat races in Victoria outside Melbourne.

Williams saddles up last-start winner Desatin in the $90,000 gold bracelet (1400 metres) and the newly-acquirred veteran Syreon in the feature event, the $125,000 golden mile (1600m).

The Wildes will kick off stable star So Swift’s autumn campaign in the $90,000 Bendigo Guineas.

Williams said Desatin represented his best chance of striking it lucky, with the six-year-old mare well placed in the gold bracelet.

She enters the race with the best record over the distance — five wins — and the fastest time for 1400 metres in the field. Desatin is also coming off a last-start win at Sandown over today’s distance.

“It’s a few lengths stronger race than what she was in last start,” Williams cautioned.

“But she stayed down in the weights and, with her rating, this is the type of race for her. She will get back and be charging home.”

Williams said he had given Desatin almost a month off.

“She likes to have a couple of bludge weeks between runs,” he said.

“She has coped a bit better this preparation, maturing a bit more.”

Her trademark fast-finish tended to be missing if she was backed up after two weeks, he said.

“She is a good each-way hope. It’s a stronger race. Because she is a get-back, run-on sort of horse, she will need the luck,” he said.

Williams has his fingers crossed for Syreon, having his second run since joining the stable from Chris Waller in Sydney, in today’s feature race.

The eight-year-old gelding had an irregular heartbeat in his first-up run for Williams, who hopes his charge will find form today.

Syreon, which won the group three Queen’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill last April, backed up with a fourth in the group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) at Randwick a fortnight later, so has serious credentials.

Williams revealed the gelding had been bought with August’s Darwin Cup in mind and today’s run was all about finding confidence after the last-start hiccup.

“I was talking to Chris the other day and he said he could do that, put in a shocker and then bounce back the next start,” Williams said.

“We are looking for a greatly improved run. Not that we think he can win, but if he can be close and running on, we will happy.”

Symon Wilde said So Swift’s autumn campaign would focus on the South Australian Derby in May.

He said the Barely A Moment gelding had a good break after he gave the stable its biggest win in the group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) over Niagara and Galah.

“He didn’t spell all that well. The horse does a lot better when he’s in work and we’re very happy with him at the moment,” Wilde said.

“He had a quiet jump-out at Camperdown last week where he rolled around and went really well.

“He’s probably going to find this race a bit short for him.”

So Swift drew barrier four and will be ridden by Damien Oliver, replacing Craig Williams who rode him in the Sandown Guineas.

Oliver rode So Swift when he ran second to Delegance at the Warrnambool May carnival last year.

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