THREE of Darren Weir’s four winners at Flemington on Saturday are trained at his Warrnambool satellite stable.
Talented sprinter Voodoo Lad won the group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap with champion jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle for Victoria’s leading trainer, while The Statesman and Theanswermyfriend were Weir’s other Warrnambool-trained winners. Choisborder is trained from his Ballarat stable.
Jarrod McLean, the Warrnambool foreman for Weir, spoke in glowing terms after the three horses saluted.
“Voodoo Lad was outstanding,” he said.
It was a top ride by Ollie. Voodoo Lad is just below the top graders but he’s a super second tier sprinter. The Statesman looks like being a very good stayer.
“I think there’s more improvement in him and he should measure up to some of the better country cups over the spring.
“Theanswermyfriend was good. He’s always going to be competitive in that class of race, but I was impressed with the run of his stablemate Night’s Watch in running second. I think he’s a horse to watch over the spring.”
Al Galayel trained by Ciaron Maher finished strongly but could not overhaul the Hayes-trained Sikandarabad in a 1700-metre race.
Aaron Purcell’s galloper Guizot was disappointing finishing in eighth spot.