PRINCE of Penzance looms as a major contender to give Ballarat trainer Darren Weir another major scalp at a Tasmanian Summer Carnival.
Weir confirmed he is aiming Prince Of Penzance at the Mornington and Launceston Cups after the emerging stayer ran away with the
Sportingbet Best Tote Plus Handicap, 1600m, at Moonee Valley today.
With Michelle Payne in the saddle, Prince Of Penzance ($2.90 favourite) charged home from last the 800m to win by almost two lengths from Bringenbrong ($26) with Mendivil ($21) a nose away third.
Weir has been a regular in Tasmania in the summer for several years - winning three Hobart Cups with Offenbach in 2008, Gotta Keep Cool in 2009 and Hurdy Gurdy Man.
Field Hunter was also placed in the Hobart and Launceston Cups in 2007.
However, the Launceston Cup has so far eluded Weir and Prince Of Prenzance might be the one to change this for the stable.
Prince Of Penzance completed a double for Weir and gave him five city winners in three days after a Caulfield treble on Thursday.
King Buddy ($11) took out the City Jeep Handicap, 1200m.
This keeps him clear at the top of the metropolitan trainers' premiership.
He is on 22, five ahead of Peter Moody.
Weir also leads the state premiership on 82. His double took stable earnings in Victoria past $3m for the season.