Racing: Darren Weir strengthens lead in metropolitan premiership with treble

DARREN Weir firmed his grip on the Melbourne metropolitan trainers’ premiership at Sandown Hillside today.

Weir saluted with Taiyoo ($5) in the Hyland Handicap, 1800m, Northern Cath in the Sportingbet Handicap, 1600m, and Rich River in the Swimwear Galore Handicap, 1400m – consecutive races.

He has now had four metropolitan trebles this season.

This increases Weir’s career-high city track tally to 48.

He is now out to a 12-win lead over reigning titleholder Peter Moody.

With almost five months still remaining for the season, Weir is well on target for another career-best season.

He had 176 winners in Victoria last season to secure the state premiership for the first time.

Weir is on 137, while his nearest rival Peter Moody is on 105.

Earlier today, Weir produced nine winners in 13 events at Terang trials.

These included the eye-catching Irish import Signoff, which has won four of five starts, including his latest three outings.

Thousand Guineas and Wakeful Stakes placegetter May’s Dream was one of Weir’s beaten brigade – finishing second to stablemate Intravenous.

She has not raced since finishing down the track in the Crown Oaks.

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