Darren Weir's Warrnambool foreman Jarrod McLean admits he was surprised with the win of outsider Black Tomahawk in a $100,000 race over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Black Tomahawk’s victory over Megablast was a bitter blow for punters, as the seven-year-old was a $51 hope with the bookmakers.
McLean said Black Tomahawk had thrived on a beach preparation in Warrnambool but he thought the son of Seul Amour may have needed one more run before he was at his top.
“We were a bit surprised with his win,” McLean said.
“We thought he was building up to a victory, maybe in a 2500-metre race next time – not on Saturday.
“It's Black Tomahawk’s first win for the Weir stable. He's started favourite for us a couple of times, but let us down.
“Black Tomahawk is in his second campaign for us.”
McLean said Weir’s spring feature runners would be back in work in Warrnambool by July 1.
“We've got Star Exhibit and Humidor in work at Warrnambool – both are aimed at the Caulfield Cup,” he said.
“Big Duke is here and is set for the Melbourne Cup. Numerous others, including Black Heart Bart, are already in light work for the spring.
“We've also got a few other spring hopefuls that have been up in Queensland. They will be back here by July 1.”
Floral Fever trained by Symon Wilde ran third in a restricted race at the Valley on Saturday.