RACING WRAP: warming up for Ballarat Cup Day

MOONEE VALLEY QUADDIE ON SATURDAY

MOONEE VALLEY QUADDIE ON SATURDAY

1,2,5,8,12  -- 2,4,9,13,15 – 3,4,6,9,11 – 1,2,4,11,12

1,2,5,8,12  -- 2,4,9,13,15 – 3,4,6,9,11 – 1,2,4,11,12

100% = $625%

100% = $625%

5% = $31.25

5% = $31.25

LORD OF BRAZIL

LORD OF BRAZIL

MV CUP RUNNER

MV CUP RUNNER

Darren Weir is chasing another cup with Lord of Brazil.

Darren Weir is chasing another cup with Lord of Brazil.

This time it is the $100,000 Beddison Cup, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on Saturday that he has in his sights.

This time it is the $100,000 Beddison Cup, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on Saturday that he has in his sights.

Lord Brazil has had a great campaign – winning the Mildura Cup, Gold Nugget in Ballarat and then the Grazia Ultimate Style at Flemington on Vic Oaks Day.

Lord Brazil has had a great campaign – winning the Mildura Cup, Gold Nugget in Ballarat and then the Grazia Ultimate Style at Flemington on Vic Oaks Day.

Dan O’Sullivan also has the versatile Tuscan Fire engaged in the same event at MV.

Dan O’Sullivan also has the versatile Tuscan Fire engaged in the same event at MV.

The versatile Tuscan Fire has become an accomplished jumper, but remains a smart flat campaigner too.

The versatile Tuscan Fire has become an accomplished jumper, but remains a smart flat campaigner too.

He was an impressive first-up third in the Ballan Cup.

He was an impressive first-up third in the Ballan Cup.

PENNON MAKES IT FOUR

PENNON MAKES IT FOUR

CUPS IN A ROW

CUPS IN A ROW

FORMER NZ galloper Pennon won his fourth consecutive cup at Dunkeld on Saturday.

FORMER NZ galloper Pennon won his fourth consecutive cup at Dunkeld on Saturday.

His four Australian starts this visits have produced wins in the Murtoa, St Arnaud, Mortlake and Dunkeld.

His four Australian starts this visits have produced wins in the Murtoa, St Arnaud, Mortlake and Dunkeld.

The Murtoa win came while Pennon was trained by Kevin Myers.

The Murtoa win came while Pennon was trained by Kevin Myers.

He was then purchased by clients of Andrew Payne’s Ballarat stable.

He was then purchased by clients of Andrew Payne’s Ballarat stable.

Payne set him for the three cups and he completed the hattrick.

Payne set him for the three cups and he completed the hattrick.

EARLY BALLARAT CUP

EARLY BALLARAT CUP

DAY SCRATCHINGS

DAY SCRATCHINGS

R1 3

R1 3

R2 2-6-10

R2 2-6-10

R3 2-4-17-19

R3 2-4-17-19

R4 11

R4 11

R5 1

R5 1

R6 7

R6 7

R9 7-16-19

R9 7-16-19

R10 11

R10 11

CHASING HOMETOWN GLORY

CHASING HOMETOWN GLORY

THERE is nothing like winning your hometown cup.

THERE is nothing like winning your hometown cup.

Ballarat’s Robert Smerdon, Darren Weir and Syd Catherall have all done it in the modern era.

Ballarat’s Robert Smerdon, Darren Weir and Syd Catherall have all done it in the modern era.

Smerdon achieved the feat with McGuane in 1996.

Smerdon achieved the feat with McGuane in 1996.

Western Waters completed the Bendigo-Ballarat Cups double in 2003 for Catherall.

Western Waters completed the Bendigo-Ballarat Cups double in 2003 for Catherall.

Weir took the honours with Just The Part in 2004.

Weir took the honours with Just The Part in 2004.

Smerdon and Weir try again tomorrow.

Smerdon and Weir try again tomorrow.

Weir saddles up top weight Streets Away, while Innocent Lady will carry the hopes of Smerdon’s Caulfield/Ballarat stable.

Weir saddles up top weight Streets Away, while Innocent Lady will carry the hopes of Smerdon’s Caulfield/Ballarat stable.

Not everyone can have a runner though.

Not everyone can have a runner though.

So the next best thing is to have a starter on Cup Day.

So the next best thing is to have a starter on Cup Day.

Owners love it.

Owners love it.

There you are on the frontline of Cup Day in your hometown.

There you are on the frontline of Cup Day in your hometown.

And if you manage to win. Wow!

And if you manage to win. Wow!

No surprise then to see Ballarat stables well represented on Sunday.

No surprise then to see Ballarat stables well represented on Sunday.

Darren Weir, Robert Smerdon and Dan O’Sullivan are the big three.

Darren Weir, Robert Smerdon and Dan O’Sullivan are the big three.

Weir has nine acceptors, Smerdon 11 and O’Sullivan nine – easily the biggest representations of any trainers across the 10-race program.

Weir has nine acceptors, Smerdon 11 and O’Sullivan nine – easily the biggest representations of any trainers across the 10-race program.

And then there is Ian Anderson, Shay Brown, Keith Carnes, Susan Idnurm, Terry Kelly,

And then there is Ian Anderson, Shay Brown, Keith Carnes, Susan Idnurm, Terry Kelly,

 Jim Mason, Ken Moore, Simon Morrish, and John Sadler, who has a satellite stable at Dowling Forest, and Patrick Payne, who also uses Ballarat in support of his main operation at Plumpton.

 Jim Mason, Ken Moore, Simon Morrish, and John Sadler, who has a satellite stable at Dowling Forest, and Patrick Payne, who also uses Ballarat in support of his main operation at Plumpton.

If you’re a Ballarat trainer, owner, jockey or racing fan, there is nothing like Ballarat Cup Day.

If you’re a Ballarat trainer, owner, jockey or racing fan, there is nothing like Ballarat Cup Day.

THE CUP

THE CUP

by the

by the

NUMBERS

NUMBERS

11111

11111

Favourite Sertorius has won his past five starts for Freshwater Creek trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington in what has been marvellous campaign

Favourite Sertorius has won his past five starts for Freshwater Creek trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington in what has been marvellous campaign

200

200

The opening 200m of the Ballarat Cup is always a busy affair as jockeys look to find a favourable position before hitting the first turn. Still find yourself wide and you’re potentially in trouble.

The opening 200m of the Ballarat Cup is always a busy affair as jockeys look to find a favourable position before hitting the first turn. Still find yourself wide and you’re potentially in trouble.

60

60

Queensland trainer Alan Bailey was spot on in his decision to send Streets Away south to join the stable of Darren Weir and be trained at his Warrnambool beach front operation. The six-year-old has won three of seven starts and has the huge task of carrying 60kg in Ballarat Cup.

Queensland trainer Alan Bailey was spot on in his decision to send Streets Away south to join the stable of Darren Weir and be trained at his Warrnambool beach front operation. The six-year-old has won three of seven starts and has the huge task of carrying 60kg in Ballarat Cup.

50

50

South Australian galloper Pelicano has the best winning strike rate in the Cup field – 50 percent  - with five wins in just 10 starts. He has quickly risen through the ranks for Tony McEvoy, having already run in an Adelaide Cup.

South Australian galloper Pelicano has the best winning strike rate in the Cup field – 50 percent  - with five wins in just 10 starts. He has quickly risen through the ranks for Tony McEvoy, having already run in an Adelaide Cup.

29

29

The maximum forecast for Sunday is 29 degrees.

The maximum forecast for Sunday is 29 degrees.

15

15

Not the barrier the connections of Sertorius hoped to see.

Not the barrier the connections of Sertorius hoped to see.

2

2

Premier trainer Peter Moody has many big races, but never the Ballarat Cup. He saddles up two starters with leading lightweight chance Turnitup and Almodovar.

Premier trainer Peter Moody has many big races, but never the Ballarat Cup. He saddles up two starters with leading lightweight chance Turnitup and Almodovar.

1

1

Sister Norma and Module are unbeaten at Dowling Forest, each having the one start on the track for one win. King Diamond is also proven in Ballarat with a win and third from two visits.

Sister Norma and Module are unbeaten at Dowling Forest, each having the one start on the track for one win. King Diamond is also proven in Ballarat with a win and third from two visits.

BALLARAT STABLE FIRST STARTERS

BALLARAT STABLE FIRST STARTERS

TRENTE (trained by Darren Weir): Danzero-Troi Etoiles 3yo filly -  Mornington R1 on Saturday

TRENTE (trained by Darren Weir): Danzero-Troi Etoiles 3yo filly -  Mornington R1 on Saturday

TULLA EXPRESS (John Sadler): Pins-Reputedly 3yo filly – Mornington R1 on Saturday

TULLA EXPRESS (John Sadler): Pins-Reputedly 3yo filly – Mornington R1 on Saturday

SPIRIT OF SANDON (Robert Smerdon): God’s Own-Sandon’s Dolly 3yo gelding  -  Ballarat R1 on Sunday

SPIRIT OF SANDON (Robert Smerdon): God’s Own-Sandon’s Dolly 3yo gelding  -  Ballarat R1 on Sunday

TWO LEFT (Robert Smerdon): Favelon-Beeby Gee 3yo gelding – Ballarat R1 on Sunday

TWO LEFT (Robert Smerdon): Favelon-Beeby Gee 3yo gelding – Ballarat R1 on Sunday

DRUNKLEN POET (Robert Smerdon): Dylan Thomas-Amourous 3yo colt – Ballarat R2 on Sunday

DRUNKLEN POET (Robert Smerdon): Dylan Thomas-Amourous 3yo colt – Ballarat R2 on Sunday

GLOCKENSPIEL (Darren Weir): Snitzel-Musical Chimes 2yo colt – Ballarat R6 Magic Millions on Sunday

GLOCKENSPIEL (Darren Weir): Snitzel-Musical Chimes 2yo colt – Ballarat R6 Magic Millions on Sunday

DULANI (Jim Mason): Duabawi-August Celebre 3yo filly – R1 Hamilton on Monday

DULANI (Jim Mason): Duabawi-August Celebre 3yo filly – R1 Hamilton on Monday

WINNERS IN PAST WEEK

WINNERS IN PAST WEEK

PENNON (Andrew Payne): Dunkeld Cup on Saturday

PENNON (Andrew Payne): Dunkeld Cup on Saturday

POP MY CORK (Robert Smerdon): 3yo maiden, 1200m, at Geelong on Sunday

POP MY CORK (Robert Smerdon): 3yo maiden, 1200m, at Geelong on Sunday

DOCTOR HILL (Robert Smerdon): 0-62 handicap, 2200m, at Geelong on Sunday

DOCTOR HILL (Robert Smerdon): 0-62 handicap, 2200m, at Geelong on Sunday

ROMANAIR (Darren Weir): 0-62 handicap, 1300m, at Geelong on Sunday

ROMANAIR (Darren Weir): 0-62 handicap, 1300m, at Geelong on Sunday

MY OPTION (Darren Weir): maiden, 1000m, at Donald on Sunday

MY OPTION (Darren Weir): maiden, 1000m, at Donald on Sunday

BIA DIAMOND (Darren Weir): 0-68 handicap, 2000m, at Donald on Sunday

BIA DIAMOND (Darren Weir): 0-68 handicap, 2000m, at Donald on Sunday

SPARTAN WARRIOR (Darren Weir): BM72 handicap, 1000m, at Donald on Sunday

SPARTAN WARRIOR (Darren Weir): BM72 handicap, 1000m, at Donald on Sunday

GOOD AND HOT (John Sadler): fillies and mares maiden, 1000m, at Echuca on Tuesday

GOOD AND HOT (John Sadler): fillies and mares maiden, 1000m, at Echuca on Tuesday

QUEENERA (Darren Weir): 0-62 handicap, 1412m, at Echuca on Tuesday

QUEENERA (Darren Weir): 0-62 handicap, 1412m, at Echuca on Tuesday

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