Champion trained Darren Weir has made Caulfield Cup Day his own after saddling up his fourth winner for the day when Ulmann took out the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield today.
Ulmann ($9.50) was having his second run back from a spell and finished over the top of his stablemate Burning Front ($6) to give Weir the quinella in the race.
Third placegetter Echo Effect ($13) ran his best race for a while to collect some minor prizemomey after racing in the second half of the field while $4.40 favourite Grand Rosso ran on for fourth.
Weir said that some of Ulmann’s owners were from Western Australian and the plan was to take the six year old to Perth for the Summer Carnival with the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 25 a likely target.
Weir admitted that the runner up Burning Front was his pick of the two going into today’s race but could not have been happier with the result.
“He (Ulmann) is a good horse but I told the owners I thought he needed another run,” Weir said.
“I thought that Burning Front was in a bit better shape than what Ulmann was but the way the race was run suited the horses that were jut stalking those ones that were going a bit hard up front.”
“Both horses ran great and I thought that Burning Front was terrific in defeat.”
“With Ulmann, one of the main owners in him is from Perth, so the preparation has been aimed around the Perth Carnival so he will have another run here and then he will head across to Perth.”