Big entries for BTC jumps trials

Now jumping, Mujadale salutes in the 2014 Ballarat Cup
Now jumping, Mujadale salutes in the 2014 Ballarat Cup

Ballarat Cup winner Mujadale is among nominations for jumps trials at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Monday.

Mujadale has made a promising start to his jumping career, with a last-start maiden hurdle win at Warrnambool following a second and a third.

Stawell trainer Dane Smith has entered the 10-year-old for a 117+ hurdle trial, 2400m.

The trials are a lead-up to the Ballarat Turf Club jumps festival on Sunday, August 20.

Mujadale, which was an all-the-way winners of the 2014 Ballarat Cup, is among 55 nominations for eight trials.

This is a promising sign for the BTC, with the trials restricted to potential runners at the six-event festival race day.

BTC chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said it was encouraging to see so much interest in jumps racing.

Trials will be run on the grass training track from about 9am.

MEANWHILE, New Zealand steeplechaser Over the Yardarm has been transferred to the Ballarat stable of Darren Weir.

Trainer Mark Brooks moved Over The Yardarm into Weir’s care after he left Ballarat to return to NZ permanently this week.

Brooks moved his training operation to Ballarat earlier this year and was preparing to move into a new 35-box training complex being developed by the BTC.

Over The Yardarm was his last Australian runner when second in the Crisp Steeplechase at Sandown on Sunday.

It will run in the $350,000 Grand National Steeplechase in Ballarat on August before following Brooks back to NZ.