DARREN Weir will launch a strong two-pronged attack as he attempts to win his fourth consecutive Warrnambool Cup on Thursday.
High Church and Unfurl carry the Weir polish in the feature flat race of the three day at the Warrnambool carnival.
Weir's Warrnambool satellite foreman Jarrod McLean said he could not fault the preparation of High Church entering the 2350-metre race.
“I can't comment much about Unfurl because he's trained at Ballarat but I can give you a good insight into High Church,” McLean said.
“Weiry has targetted High Church at the Warrnambool Cup.
“His last run in the Easter Cup was great for this race.
“I've got no doubts if High Church brings his A game he can win.
“He had his final bit of work for the cup on Sunday morning.
“He worked solidly over 1000 metres with my brother Brad in the saddle.
“It was impressive work for the cup.”
McLean said he didn't think the $200,000 cup had the depth as in previous years.
“The field probably looks a bit thin on paper but in saying that it'll still be a tough race to win,” he said.
“Top jockey Damian Lane has the ride on High Church.
“He's a get back horse so we're hoping horses will be making ground in the straight. High Church is going into the cup rock solid fit. We couldn't get him an fitter.”
Weir's previous winners in the listed race are Akzar (2014), Tall Ship (2015) and Master Of Arts in 2016.
Popular Crossley trainer Quinton Scott hopes his light-weight hope Stellarized can give him further feature race success when he lines up in the cup for the Grand Annual-Brierly Steeplechase-winning trainer.
“Stellarized is jumping in class,” Scott said.
“His form in lower-class races has been very good. He's got a light-weight chance.
“He's not the roughest in runner in this race.”
Warrnambool trainer Jane Baker saddles up the bottom weight Super Mover.
The New Zealand-bred Super Mover has the services of Warrnambool-based jockey Declan Bates.