Trainer lauds Warrnambool staff for big race success

BALLARAT trainer Darren Weir preferred to hand all the accolades to his Warrnambool staff for Anlon’s win in the $120,000 Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, instead of taking any credit for the victory.

Weir, who has nearly 50 horses in work at his two Warrnambool satellite stables, gave credit to Mark O’Donnell after Anlon’s nose win over Limes in the listed 1400-metre race.

“Mark has 22 horses in work for me at his stables in Warrnambool,” Weir said.

“He’s done a wonderful job with Anlon. I can’t take any credit for the win. 

“Anlon is always down at my Warrnambool stables. 

“Mark is an excellent horseman and understands horses. Anlon has done a lot of beach work which the horse has thrived on. Mark and the rest of my staff at the two Warrnambool satellite stables are great workers. 

“The staff are all passionate about their work.”

O’Donnell, who was a former apprentice jockey to the late top trainers John Lumsden and Jack Barling, said Anlon was unlucky not to have won his past three starts at Flemington.

“Anlon was badly checked at the start at Flemington three runs back,” O’Donnell said.

“He ran home strongly but could not catch the leaders on that occasion.

“He was really unlucky. He should have a hat-trick of wins to his credit. 

“We mix up Anlon’s work between the beach, the dunes and behind the boat in the bay. 

“He seems to love that type of work. The horse has a soft palate problem but it does not stop him from putting in 100 per cent in his races.”

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