Darren Weir has turned to five-year-old mare Unfurl to deliver his first Burrumbeet Cup triumph since 2014.
The Ballarat trainer has accepted with the daughter of Raise the Flag, who is one of seven runners set to line up in Sunday’s $20,000 feature race.
Weir last won the Burrumbeet Cup, 1800m, with Heisman two years ago.
Jack Hill is booked to ride Unfurl, who is a winner of two races – including one at city level back in May of 2015 – and close to $100,000 in prizemoney.
The horse will carry 55kg in the race, which follows a last-start seventh at Sandown, when beaten less than two lengths.
Trainer Robbie Laing has accepted with Tristram's Sun despite the big handicap of 63.5kg, Terry Kelly’s Am I There Yet – third in the 2016 edition of the race – is set to run, while Dubai King, who is prepared by Joshua Julius, looks the form runner of the field given his back-to-back wins at Moonee Valley and Bendigo and a last-start sixth to smart galloper Rewarding Effort at Sandown on Saturday.
Recent Nhill Cup winner Vianden is being targeted at Burrumbeet by Austy Coffey, while Sharalam (Tony Romeo) and Beauty Perception (Rodney Foster) are also set to run.
The 2017 Burrumbeet Cup is scheduled as the last of seven races on Sunday at 5.45pm, with the first to jump at 1.10pm.
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