Pat Bermingham Jnr is reaping a financial windfall as well as personal satisfaction from the resurgent form of Kalgoorlie galloper Casino Gleam.
The son of Casino Prince is repaying Birmingham’s faith after he shelled out $8,500 for the gelding in a dual buy with Miss Corningstone two years ago.
Casino Gleam failed to salute at his first two campaigns but has struck back hard this time in, winning two of three races and boosting stake earnings to $22,340.
The four-year-old will strive for a hat trick in Sunday’s Stationary Plus Office Choice Heat (1600m), but jumps from the widest gate and is on trial at the distance.
“He gets out like a rocket and makes his own luck,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“He doesn’t have a strong final sprint but digs in and grinds away.
“The mile won’t be an issue and I think he can be stretched out further.
Bermingham Jnr’s second hope in the race rests with Hilarion who combines with jockey Edward Creighton from gate two.
The Commands gelding backs up from last week when he ran sixth of 10 to Dream Theatre after getting caught wide throughout.
“He has been desperately unlucky and pulled up big at his first go over the mile this campaign,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“I’m expecting improvement with a senior rider back on.”
Miss Corningstone warmed up for her maiden appearance with a long-neck second to Screaming Plum in a 1000m trial.
She has tested Bermingham Jnr’s patience but he is eagerly awaiting her debut in the EBM Insurance Maiden (1200m).
“I’ve had my dramas and had to send her back to be broken in twice,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“But she is finally getting there and has passed every test I have given her since.
“Her trial behind Screaming Plum who is a good horse was pleasing.
“She is ready to give it a shake.
“I’m quite excited because I think she has ability.”
Bermingham Jnr will unveil Diamond Town for his stable debut in the Goldfields Engraving & Tyrepower Handicap (1100m).
It’s been a barren spell for the Akhenaton gelding since he scored at Belmont over two years ago.
“I really liked that win but I’ve had a lot of problems to sort out,” said Bermingham Jnr.
“I’m not prepared to knock him because the ability is there.
“His trial was good and I’m confident he can give a good account.”
Hussation produced a valiant effort at his first run in close to a year when he did the hard chasing behind stable mate Prince Of Stars on Anzac Day.
The gelding, who ran second, meets a similar line up in the Safe & Sound Storage (1400m) and Bermingham Jnr expects him to be thereabouts again.