Racing: Weir goes past 150 wins for season

Darren Weir

Darren Weir

Darren Weir is well ahead of schedule to better his Commonwealth training record of 348 winners set last season.

The Ballarat-based Weir went past 150 with a treble at Sandown on Wednesday with more than eight months of the season remaining.

And Weir looks  sure to add further to his tally over the next three days with 25 horses scheduled to race.

He had 10  run runner   at Moonee Valley on Saturday, including four in one race - Hale Soriano, High Church, Shamkiyr and Master Zephyr in the 1print Handicap, 2040m – two at a provincial meeting at Yarra Glen.

Weir has three horses accepted for Sunday's Traralgon Cup – Tooleybuc Kid, Honorius and It's A Silvertail – with another four horses entered for Swan Hill and six at Hamilton on Monday.

Racing.com credits Weir with having 499 named horses on his books.

His largest batch is 173 three-year-olds followed by 116 four-year-olds, while he also has 82 named two-year-olds.

Meanwhile, Signoff has been transferred from Weir to Warrnambool trainer Pat Ryan.

Signoff finished fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup and was an early favourite for the race this year before being sidelined with a suspensory injury.

THE Payne family is making the most of family connections.

Michelle Payne's latest three wins have been on horses trained by her brothers Patrick and Andrew.

The Ballarat-based Andrew Payne linked up with his sister to get the money with Sadia ($10) at Bendigo on Thursday.'

Paynje's stable has been flying.

Sadia gives him five wins with four different horses with his last 12 runners.

BEN Melham is shooting for back-to-back $1m group 1 wins on Malaguerra in Perth on Saturday.

He took the Peter Gelagotis-trained five-year-old to victory in the $1m Darley Classic at Flemington on November 5.

Malaguerra has won 11 of 21 starts, with the formerly Ballarat-based Melham being in the saddle in seven of them.

This will be Melham’s only ride in Perth.

Melham is also preparing for his first overseas ride.

He has been engaged for Rebel Dane in the group 1 Hong Kong Sprint on December 11.

Melham rode the last-start Manikato Stakes winner in a barrier trial win at Rosehill on Tuesday.

He also rode him in the Manikato.

FIST PUMP:  Ben Melham celebrates his group 1 win on Malaguerra in the Darley Classic at Flemington. Picture: Getty Images

FIST PUMP: Ben Melham celebrates his group 1 win on Malaguerra in the Darley Classic at Flemington. Picture: Getty Images