DARREN Weir's Warrnambool satellite stable has produced the first two group one winners for the 2016-17 season and may add to that tally with chances in the two group one features at Caulfield on Saturday.
Weir saddles up Voodoo Lad and Telopea in the $500,000 Rupert Clarke Stakes while Prince Of Penzance, Black Heart Bart and Howard Be Thy Name to run in the $500,000 Underwood Stakes.
Voodoo Lad, Telopea, Prince Of Penzance, Black Heart Bart and Howard By Thy Name all worked impressively at Casterton last Tuesday in the lead-up to the Saturday's features, according to Weir's Warrnambool foreman Jarrod McLean.
"We were really happy with the final work the horses did at Casterton on Tuesday," McLean said.
"They all worked strongly on heavy ground.
“We're confident that all the horses will be competitive in their respective races. We've been very happy with the campaign of Prince Of Penzance as he tries to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups."
Black Heart Bart won the first group one race for the season when he won the Memsie Stakes. His stablemate Palentino was successful in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington two weeks ago.
Ciaron Maher is chasing further group one success with his last start-listed winner Bon Aurum in the Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Maher said the lightly-raced stallion had thrived from his Flemington win.
"Bon Aurum has gone really well since his victory over 1400 metres," he said.
"We've had the Rupert Clarke as his main aim. He's had the two runs from a spell and has improved at each start.
“His credentials as a stallion will be further enhanced if he can win the group one race."
From his 12 starts, Bon Aurum has won four races and earned more than $280,000 in stakemoney for his connections.