Darren Weir runners will make up more than half the field in the group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes, 1600m, at Fllemington on Saturday.
Favourite Black Heart Bart ($2.10) spearheads Weir’s four starters in a seven-strong field.
Weir also has Japanese import Tosen Stardom and Palentino well in the market, while Real Love is at the longest odds.
Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom finished one-two in the group 1 Futurity Stakes in their latest outings.
PREMIER Victorian reinsman Chris Alford landed four winners at Ballarat trots on Tuesday night.
His quartet coincided with the legs of the quaddie and included three members of the Cardigan stable of Emma Stewart.
Her treble came with Kingofthestars ($2) in a C2 pace, 2200m, Goonly ($1.40 favourite) in a C3-C4 pace, 2200m, and Form Analyst ($1.10 favourite) in a C0 pace, 1710m.
A 4yo, Goonly has won five of eight starts, while Form Analyst has put together three wins in a row for four successes in eight career starts.
Stewart’s treble followed a double at Horsham on Monday, taking her 71 wins statewide for the season and seven clear of nearest rival Andy Gath.
Other Ballarat district trainers Anton Golino (30 wins) and Michael Stanley (23) continue to hold down a spot in the top 10 in the state trainers’ premiership.
MICHAEL Stanley’s start 3yo filly Petacular makes her return to the track ion a $20,000 feature event at Melton on Friday night.
This will be her first outing since finishing second in the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Menangle on February 25. Petacular boasts 10 wins in 15 starts for more than $250,000 in stakes.
YOUNG Glen Park trainer Zac Steenhuis had a memorable day at Birchip on Sunday with a groundbreaking double.
Relatively new to training ranks in his own right, Steenhuis greeted the judge with 3yo filly Jules Peach ($20.30) against her own age over 2150m and 7yo gelding Major Damage ($3) in an R0 pace, 1750m.
It was Jules Peach’s first start for Steenhuis and her first win in eight starts.
While it was only Major Damage’s sixth career start, he made his debut back in 2011 as a 2yo. He had his next start in mid-2014 and did not appear again until February this year.