HURDY Gurdy Man capped off a treble for Ballarat trainer Darren Weir when he won the $60,000 Hamilton Cup yesterday.
Sent to the barriers as the hot $2.70 favourite, Hurdy Gurdy Man had to overcome difficulties near the 200-metre mark to defeat Bredlign and Kim Command in the 2200-metre race.
The six-year-old stallion, who was more than 10 lengths behind the tear-away leader Flashy Fella at the 700-metre mark before squeezing between Bredlign and Let’s Be A Star at the 200-metre mark, lumped 59kg to take the victory.
He carried five kilograms more than his rivals to win the club’s feature race for the year.
Weir said he had always held a high opinion of Hurdy Gurdy Man. “It was a good effort by Hurdy Gurdy Man to win the race with that weight,” Weir said.
‘‘He’s an honest horse who always tries in his races,” Weir said.
“He’s a tough horse — he carried 62.5kg to win the Murtoa Cup two runs back.
‘‘Hurdy Gurdy Man is tough to place now.
‘‘We’ll just poke along with him over the next few weeks.”
The win is Hurdy Gurdy Man’s fourth cup victory.
His other cup wins were the Hobart, Woodford and Murtoa cups.
Top jockey Brad Rawiller joined forces with Weir for the three winners on the eight-race program.
The other winners were Quick Trip and King Buddy.