Ballarat trainer Darren Weir breaks national record at Warrnambool

TOP TEAM: Ballarat trainer Darren Weir, pictured with former Black Caviar leader Peter Moody, notched 14 winners at the 2017 May Racing Carnival. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
TOP TEAM: Ballarat trainer Darren Weir, pictured with former Black Caviar leader Peter Moody, notched 14 winners at the 2017 May Racing Carnival. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

DARREN Weir won almost half the races on offer at Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival, setting a record a former Racing Victoria official believes will never be broken.

The Ballarat-based trainer won 14 of the 30 races, including feature events the Galleywood Hurdle and Warrnambool Cup, across the three-day showcase.

He reached 50 career wins at the famous carnival in the process and secured a new Australasian record.

Former Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Des Gleeson said Weir's record-breaking carnival would never be bettered.

"It's hard to think anyone else could train 14 winners over three days," Gleeson said. 

"I don't think it will ever happen again. Darren's achievement is remarkable because there is so much competition between the trainers. 

“Trainers from all over the state had runners at the carnival and Darren kept on winning races.

“He's a master trainer who has the knack of training winners in all types of races."

Weir himself played down his achievement, saying “next year I probably won’t get a winner now”.

But his racing manager Jeremy Rogers said the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer deserved all the accolades which went his way.

“It’s been a massive team effort and he pays credit to all the staff and jockeys and owners and everyone who supports us,” he said.

“He’s just a brilliant horseman but he’s got a brilliant mind as well. It’s always thinking of something new, he’s always building something.”

Rogers said Weir had respect for his team.

“He is a very good boss and everyone loves working for him,” he said.

“It is probably appropriate (jockey) Brad (Rawiller) broke the (Australasian) record (for Weir) because he’s been with Darren since day one.

“It is great for Brad, he’s a real team player and the first one to congratulate you if someone else rides a winner for us.”​ Rawiller said it was a thrill to ​land the win on Craven Image that set the national record for Weir.

​"He's just incredible, he trains so many winners and keeps on top of training so many horses," he said.

"​He has great staff and the jockeys all work together, we know what goes around comes around.​ But it all comes back to the great man behind it all, Darren Weir.”

Weir’s campaign had one blemish. Stewards fined him $400 for failing to lodge a stable return notifying a change of stable location for Warrnambool Cup winner High Church.

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