Darren Weir on target set national season record

Darren Weir =  the record-breaker
Darren Weir = the record-breaker

Darren Weir is on target to smash his national training record for a third consecutive season.

The Ballarat horseman will reach 478 wins if he maintains his existing daily strike rate.

Weir produced another four winners at Sandown on Wednesday – English import Euroman ($9) in a benchmark64, 2400m; Fifty Stars ($2.70 favourite) in a benchmark70, 1400m; Hectopascal ($13) in a benchmark78, 1400m; and Heavenly Thought ($2 favourite) in a benchmark64, 1800m.

This takes him 379 wins Australia-wide since August 1.

Weir is averaging 1.31 wins a day, compared with the 1.23 he achieved last season.

Weir broke John Hawkes’ record of 334 set in 2002-03 when he reached 348 in 2015-16.

He took this to another level last season with 449.

There’s certainly no sign of Weir easing up, with his stable targeting more feature events in Adelaide on Saturday.

Already with the group 1 Australiasian Oaks (Sopressa) and  South Australian Derby (Leicester) secured, Weir has three of 15 starters at Morphettville in the group 1 $1m Goodwood, 1200m.

Voodoo Lad, Stellar Collision and Handsome Thief carry his hopes as he chases a third win in the sprint, following the successes of  Platelet (2013) and Black Heart Bart (2016). 

The SA contingent also includes Yogi in the listed $150,000 Port Adelaide Cup, 2500m; and Raw Impulse and Land Of Plenty in the group 3 $250,000 Lee Stakes, 1600m.

He also 12 runners at Flemington and three at Doomben in the Queensland Carnival. His Brisbane raid is headed by Tradesman in the group 1 $650,000 Doomben Cup, 2000m.