DARREN Weir will hope Streets Away can continue his stable’s golden run when the in-form galloper contests the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup, 2200m, on Sunday.
Weir’s racing manager Jeremy Rogers has confirmed that the six-year-old will be nominated for the $200,000 feature. Rogers said top jockey Steven Arnold, who partnered the horse to his last-start Kyneton Cup victory, had been booked to take the ride.
“He’s certainly up to that level. Obviously barriers and luck plays a big part, but he’s certainly going into the race in good form and good order,” Rogers told The Courier yesterday.
After arriving from Queensland earlier in the year, Streets Away has thrived at Weir’s Warrnambool stables.
He has had seven starts in Victoria for three wins, including back-to-back successes at Moonee Valley and Caulfield.
The son of Street Cry then placed third in the listed Slickpix Stakes, 1700 metres, sixth in the group 3 Naturalism Stakes, 2000 metres, and second to Midnight Martini in the listed Cranbourne Cup before his Kyneton triumph.
News that Streets Away will press on to the Ballarat Cup comes after trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington confirmed last week that they were considering racing the red-hot Sertorius in the race.
Sertorius has won all five races this preparation, including the Sale Cup and a win on the final day of the Flemington carnival.
Also announced last week, former top sprinter Apache Cat will make a special appearance to lead the Ballarat Cup field onto the track.
A winner of eight group 1 races and more than $4.6million in prizemoney, the horse retired in 2009 and is currently staying at the Living Legends retirement farm.