Darren Weir has bolstered his numbers for The All-Star Mile at Flemington on Saturday, March 16 – adding 10 more nominations including group 1 winners Amphitrite, Brave Smash, Extra Brut and Land of Plenty.
Having already entered three-year-old Ringerdingding, Weir has signalled his intention to claim the inaugural edition of the world’s richest mile race with another 10 entries.
“It’s difficult to know at this stage, but if you were to put me on the spot right now I’d say that Land of Plenty would probably be my best chance of winning the race,” Weir said.
“He’s won a group 1 over a mile and ran well in the [Kennedy] mile at Flemington on his last start, so he has the form in the bank.
“Brave Smash will probably run in the CF Orr and the Futurity Stakes, both over 1400m, so if he hits the line well in those races then there’s no reason why he couldn’t step up to a mile.
“Obviously most of (Victoria Derby winner) Extra Brut’s runs have come over further, but he’s won a mile race at Caulfield and with blinkers on, we’re confident he could be very competitive at the distance,” he said.
“We’d obviously love to have a few runners in the race, but to have one would be great. It’s an exciting new concept, and you want to be involved in these big races. I’m not great on social media, so I’ll be relying on the younger staff in the office to get people voting for our horses!”
Weir has also entered classy imported gallopers Fifty Stars (Ireland), Night’s Watch and three-year-old filly Verry Elleegant (New Zealand).
Internationally-bred Furrion and Mantastic, and talented three-year-old Declares War complete Weir’s set of nominations.
Nominations on Tuesday, 15, with the public voting to decide 10 of the 14 runners to open on Monday, January 21.
Four wildcard runners will be announced by Racing Victoria by Monday, March 4.