Australia: Weir sets new training record with 335th winner

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Michelle Payne riding Prince of Penzance defeats Frankie Dettori riding Max Dynamite in race 7, the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Among Weir’s winners was Melbourne Cup scorer Prince Of Penzance

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 By Mark Scully 8:22AM 13 JUL 2016 

DARREN WEIR has set a new Australasian training record for the most winners in a season as Gun Case on Wednesday became his 335th of the year.

The Moonee Valley success saw Weir eclipse the mark set by John Hawkes 13 years ago, with the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer saying he was relieved to finally reach the milestone as he was getting tired of being asked about it.

“Setting records was never part of my plan,” Weir told reporters at the Melbourne track. “You don’t get to think about it.

“You go to the races, go home, get organised for the next day, go to bed, get up and do it all again.

“I really enjoy the horse-training side of it, I’m not that keen on any other side of it but I’ve got great people who do that so big thanks to all of them.”

Moonee Valley a happy hunting ground

It was fitting that Weir should break the record at Moonee Valley on Wednesday, with the track having been the scene of the largest share of his winners during the 2015/16 campaign.

A total of 27 of the Ballarat-based trainers winners came at the Cox Plate venue, as Weir increased his overall tally of winners for the eighth successive season.

With over a fortnight remaining until the season ends on July 31, Weir now has the opportunity to stretch his record even further, with the previously unthinkable 350 barrier seemingly well within his reach.

Tributes flow

A host of Australian racing’s leading names paid tribute to Weir’s achievement, with the Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Brad Rawiller tweeting his congratulations.

“A big well done to Darren Weir on an incredible season,” he wrote. “I’m very proud to be a part of a great team.”

Fellow Ballarat-based trainer Archie Alexander tweeted: “Couldn’t be happier for my neighbour, mate and great mentor. 335 winners in a year! Total freak.”

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