Darren Weir isn’t recognised among the traditional big guns of trainers in Australia but his stable has a consistent habit of churning out winners at regular intervals.
He can often jag a spot in some of the bigger races and he’s a feature throughout the Melbourne spring carnival.
In 2011 things are no different, in fact he appears to be in a great spot to leave his mark on more than a few stakes races across the spring.
His journey starts tomorrow at Caulfield Racecourse where he has three hopes in what looks like some well placed events.
His day starts in Race 1 with Midnight Glory racing in a field of nine over 2000m.
The five year old gelding seems to handle any track conditions but is what you would consider to be a steady horse more than an out and out champ.
He won two starts back at Morphettville but could only manage to run fourth in his last attempt at Caulfield.
” He was a bit stiff last start, if he got a run I’m sure he would have won,” Weir said.
Despite being out of luck in that run Weir says they will ride with the same strategy tomorrow but hope for a more positive outcome.
It’s a similar story for Time Matters who Weir will saddle up in the main event Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes.
He says while on paper he appears to be outclassed, the face many of the others are first up could work into his favour.
Weir says his horse is in good shape and from gate seven he’s a hope of stealing the race.
“We’re happy with the horse, he’s up to the mark, he’s fit and well,” he said.
“He’s been racing well so I can’t see why he can’t again.”
That being said he knows that at their best some of his competition is a class above.
“If they were wound up they’d be miles too good for us,” he said.
His charger in the final Group race of the day is certainly one of the most consistent horses in the field, Rue Maple very rarely putting in a bad run.
Amazingly this mare has run five second placings from seven starts this prep, plus another third to tomorrow’s favourite Mid Summer Music.
She was actually second to Mid Summer Music last start as well, beaten by a nose after a protest was dismissed.
With this form on the board Weir is confident things have been tipped just enough to win the Group 3 Cockram Stakes.
“She’s a very consistent horse who’s racing really well,” he said.
“Mid Summer Music has beaten us every time but we meet it a little bit better in the weights (56.5kgs to 55kgs) and we’ve got a nice barrier (1).”