Akzar capped off a stellar Warrnambool Racing Carnival for trainer Darren Weir by scoring a dominant victory in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup this afternoon.
Weir needed to win the Warrnambool Cup with either Akzar or Shiny Buttons to secure a luxury car for completing the trainers’ bonus on offer by the Warrnambool Racing Club and Akzar did not let his trainer down.
Akzar was settled at the tail of the field by jockey Brad Rawiller and he was caught ride of the majority of the race, but tracked into the event nicely coming around the final turn.
Rawiller elected to take Akzar extremely wide in the straight and the Selkirk gelding exploded when asked for an extra effort to record a four lengths victory from Westsouthwest and Shoreham.
Weir has worked wonders with Akzar since he joined his stable at the start of the year, after previously being prepared by Rob Blacker, and Rawiller was quick to pay credit to the leading Victorian trainer after the race.
“Darren keeps doing it time and time again; I said it about May’s Dream on the weekend and how he had her set for that race and that is exactly the same as Akzar,” Rawiller said.
“Our Voodoo Prince is a top horse and he has beaten him the last two times, but I would have loved to be meeting it today because this horses has been prepared to be ready for the 2400 and the last two times I really think that he was looking for that distance.
“Darren had him where he wanted to be for the big one and we have got it.
“So many good plans don’t necessarily work out and I am just so wrapped for the connections and everyone involved with this horse.”
Rawiller said that he made the decision to take Akzar wide coming into the final turn in the Warrnambool Cup after he walked the track with Peter Ellis this morning and was delighted with the way that his plan worked out.
The in-form hoop said that he didn’t want to hold Akzar up and then ask him to sprint and believes that the talented gelding produces his best when he is able to roll into a race.
“It couldn’t have worked any better,” Rawiller said.
“I was happy to just be going with him because he was going so good and you can’t hold them up on this sort of ground and expect them to sprint.
“He was never going to get beaten.”
Weir believes that the best is still in front of Akzar and is considering a 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival tilt with the in-form galloper.