Masters rowers launch build up to world championships in Ballarat

A MAJOR stepping stone to the World Masters Rowing Championships in Ballarat in October this year is underway in Adelaide.

Thursday, May 1

Thursday, May 1

The Australian Masters Rowing Championships began on Thursday

The regatta runs over five days on West Lakes and is a key lead-up event for Australian rowers for the worlds.

The nationals began with training sessions on Wednesday.

Racing starts on Thursday, followed by a rest day on Friday and interstate events on Saturday before the end of the program on Sunday.

Minimum age for masters rowing is 27 years and has divisions through to 85 years and over.

The world masters titles will be on Lake Wendouree on October 9-12.

TRAINERS’ BONUS ON THE LINE

WILL he or won’t he?

The same question was posed about Ballarat trainer Darren Weir at the start of the second day of the Warrnambool racing Carnival on Wednesday.

Weir is within reach of becoming only the second winner of a carnival trainers’ bonus - a $40,000 Mercedes Benz.

Robert Smerdon snared the prize in 2010.

The bonus goes to a trainer who can train four winners over the three-day carnival, including one of the four main events — the Galleywood, Wangoom, Grand Annual Steeple or Warrnambool Cup.

Weir has five winners so far, including the Galleywood Hurdle with Gotta Take Care on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for Weir, the Galleywood did not meet the criteria of having sufficient starters.

And he missed out on picking up the Wangoom Handicap.

Weir’s last chance comes in the Cup on Thursday.

Weir has the favourite Akzar, as well as last-start winner Shiny Buttons engaged.

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