DARREN Weir is on target to clean up in national and state training premierships.
The Ballarat mentor is racing away with the Australian trainers’ and country trainers’ premierships and in Victoria has a stranglehold on the statewide, metropolitan and country titles.
Weir’s national standing has been enhanced with Peter Snowden’s time as the head trainer of the Darley racing empire coming to an end.
How Weir stands just short of three months remaining in 2013-14:
Australia: Darren Weir 192 wins, Peter Snowden 167, Chris Waller 166
Australia country: Darren Weir 117, Peter Moody 89, Peter Snowden 85
Victoria: Darren Weir 185, Peter Moody 134
Victorian metropolitan: Darren Weir 68, Peter Moody 48
Victoria country: Darren Weir 117, Peter Moody 86
ONE-hundred winners in Victoria is the next season milestone awaiting Ballarat trainer Emma Stewart.
With Presidentialsecret bringing up her 100th win nationally in Ballarat on Thursday night, she is now seven away from passing the mark statewide.
Jadahson ($9.20) and Ideal For Real ($2.60 favourite) provided her with a double at Melton on Friday night.
Ideal For Real took out a group 2 Australian Pacing Gold consolation for two-year-old colts and geldings, 1720m.
Stewart added to her tally with Mister Onetwo ($1.90 favourite) saluting in a C6/better pace at Shepparton on Saturday night.
Jadahson and Presidentialsecret each line up in Ballarat on Saturday night.
BURRUMBEET trainer Ashleigh Herbertson continued his strong association with progeny of Blissfull Hall at Hamilton trots on Monday.
Five-year-old mare Volatile Girl ($2.50 favourite) had her first career win at her ninth race start.
She is the first winner of unraced broodmare Simply Explosive, which is a sister or half-sister to
eight winners, including Bronski Warrior (24 wins), Good Boy Diesel (21), Cash Left (17), Wicked Bacon (14) and Foldem (4), which was once prepared by David Murphy at Dunnstown.
VICTORIA Derby heat winner Motor Smoker heads up the field in the $20,000 Colin and Heather Holloway 3yo Classic to be run at Ballarat harness races on Saturday night.
The classic will be run over 1609m instead of 2200m.
Motor Smoker has won six of 14 starts for Melton trainer Susan Hunter and has not raced since a seventh in the Victoria Derby final in February.
The classic also features the Emma Stewart pair of Presidentialsecret and Goodtime Bobby, as well as promising types such as Ideal Majority, Smileawayjo and Eliseosfalcon.
Ballarat and District Trotting club will have 10 races, with the first at 5.27pm.