DARREN Weir and jockey Glen Boss will have top weight with a wide draw in a feature event for the second time in two days in Ballarat on Sunday.
With Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance de Lune getting the outside barrier in tomorrow’s group 1 $400,000 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield, they have also been dealt the same card with Hurdy Gurdy Man.
The Hobart Cup winner has drawn barrier 15 in a field of 15 in the $60,000 Scott Petroleum Gold Nugget Handicap, 1600m, in Ballarat on Sunday.
Hurdy Gurdy Man has top weight of 58kg in his second run back from an enforced lengthy break.
Weir continued his great run in Tasmanian Summer Carnivals when Hurdy Gurdy Man took out the group 3 $225,000 Hobart Cup, 2400m, in February this year.
Hurdy Gurdy Man was then sent out favourite in the Launceston Cup, but was pulled up after bleeding.
The six-year-old entire resumed when a last to Shoreham in The Sofitel, 1400m, at Flemington on September 7 and will certainly strip fitter.
Weir’s Ballarat stable has two runners, with Bia Diamond also tackling the Gold Nugget.
King Diamond is chasing the Ballarat Cup-Gold Nugget double.
King Diamond is resuming from a spell as one of two runners for Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean. The Gold Nugget also features Robert Hickmott-trained import Ranked, Barry James-trained newcomer Isopach, and last-start Adelaide winners Glaneuse and Flying Hussler.
BTC chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said the track had been given a tick of approval by Racing Victoria tracks and facilities manager Charlie Stebbing on Wednesday and steward Corey Waller yesterday.
A Ballarat meeting on Thursday, September 12, was abandoned after just three races – jockeys declared it unsafe when a horse slipped after crossing the finish line.
Ballarat Turf Club will have eight races, with the first event at 12.40pm.