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Can OTI win back-to-back Werribee Cups?

The Werribee Cup was just one of four Country Cups that OTI’s Tall Ship won for Darren Weir last year.

 

This year, Darren has five horses nominated for the race including OTI’s well known Lidari and Master Zephyr. Master Zephyr is coming into this race with good form, after a solid performance at Moonee Valley two-weeks ago. After a few, less than ideal runs at the start of his prep, he seems to be in peak condition. Ben Allen takes the ride again with only 54kg, he has drawn barrier 7 of 13. Just like Tall Ship, Master Zephyr won the Terang Cup this year with ease, showing a fantastic turn of foot.

 

 

Lidari is coming into this race following a quiet few weeks after he failed to deliver in the Ballarat Cup, finishing 12th. He has had two good performances this preparation including a 3rd in the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes and a 2nd in the Group 2 Crystal Mile, behind the United Stakes. If Lidari puts in a performance similar to those runs, he’ll be hard to beat.

 

 

Click here to view the recent form of all acceptors for the Werribee Cup over 2030m on Sunday.

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The weekly review and preview

A brief look back at our recent runners.

Stone Warrior (1st) finally broke his maiden status at Bendigo on Wednesday over 1300m. This boy has come back following a few throat procedures. We hope to see many more strong performances like this.

Praecereus (3rd) ran well first up at Bendigo on Wednesday over 1300m. He will improve off this run and over further distance.

Fastnet Squall (2nd) settled at the rear of the field from a wide gate and finished home strongly over 2500m on Friday at Salon-de-Provence. This horse is showing some real staying ability.

Night’s Watch (1st) after missing the start, ran home very strongly in a truly promising debut at Ellerslie on Saturday. He will now be campaigned towards the NZ Derby.

Romancer (1st) ran very well at Ellerslie on Saturday. A very exciting 3yo, winning a Listed race on his 3rd race start. He has a few races lined up before being aimed for the NZ Derby.

Gallic Chieftain (1st) stormed home at Pakenham on Saturday to claim his first Australian win. In only his third race start since arriving in Aus, the fiery chestnut put in a solid, yet green performance. Craig Williams reported with some more experience, he’s an exciting horse.

Caillebotte (9th) ran at Eagle Farm on Saturday in a BM80 over 1825m. Still building up to his preferred distance, we hope to see this fellow back in the winners circle.

Lord Van Percy (5th) over-raced in the early stages of the Listed Pakenham Cup on Saturday over 2500m and simply ran out of steam in the last 300m to finish in the money.

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Mobaco has been nominated for the 1600m Coffs Cup on Friday at Coffs Harbour. Matt Dunn has been pleased with this gelding’s condition leading into the race.

Our Bazaar is aimed for a BM70 at Moonee Valley on Friday night over 2040m. This will be his first-up run this preparation.

Plymouth Road has been nominated for a race at Morphettville and at Flemington on Saturday. The Freedman stable will assess the most suitable track and field later in the week. If this young stayer can get a start on ground with a bit of give, he’ll be hard to beat.

Renew may run at Morphettville on Saturday in a BM82 over 2014m. He should come into this run with improvement from his first-up effort, two weeks ago at Moonee Valley.

Master Zephyr and Lidari are set to run in the Werribee Cup on Sunday over 2000m. Master Zephyr is coming off a good run at Moonee Valley, where he returned to form finishing 2nd. Lidari comes into this race after a few quiet weeks, following a disappointing run in Ballarat Cup. Let’s hope one of these Weir trained stayers can bring home the Cup!

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The weekly review and preview

A brief look back at our recent runners.

La Dalliance (2nd) ran a strong first up race for Archie Alexander on Thursday over 1400m at Bendigo. The filly has obviously matured mentally since her last prep and should improve off this run, hopefully she can break her maiden next start.

Renew (7th) put in a serviceable effort over 1600m on Saturday at Moonee Valley. He jumped well, settling mid-field and finishing to the line strongly. He will need a few more runs to get over the right distance but this was a promising performance.

Master Zephyr (2nd) was back to his good form on Saturday at Moonee Valley over 2040m. With a wide gate, he had a tough run being 3-4 wide, he finished very strongly through the line. Looking forward to his next run.

Thanos (5th) jumped well from the gate on Monday at Hamilton in a 1400m maiden but failed to hold out to the line. He is still young and this is his third race start, we should see improvement during this prep.

Coming up this week….

Night’s Watch is set for his race debut at Pukekohe, NZ on Wednesday over 1400m. Being one of our exciting new Derby prospects, this run has been highly anticipated. The trainer has been very happy with his trials and work leading into the race.

Stone Warrior has accepted for a 1300m maiden at Bendigo on Wednesday. After a good trial leading into the run, we hope to see this boy show his excellent turn of foot to finish strongly. Lee has been pleased with him this prep and has applied winkers for this race, he should be hard to beat.

Praecereus may start at Bendigo on Wednesday in a BM70 over 1300m. The Weir stable have been very happy with his work leading into this first up run.

Azurite has been nominated for a BM78 race on Friday night at Moonee Valley over 3000m. Backing up from a good 2nd place at the Valley over the same distance, should be hard to beat.

Fastnet Squall may run over 2400m on Friday at Salon-De-Provence in France.

Romancer is stepping out on Saturday for a 1300m Listed race at Ellerslie in New Zealand. A very promising NZ bred and trained 3yo by Redwood, the stable are thrilled with him in the lead up to this race.

Gallic Chieftain has been nominated for a BM78 over 2000m at Pakenham on Saturday. Unlucky in the run last start and wanting further, he managed to finish very strongly. He has shown some promising signs and over the longer journey, should be in the finish.

Caillebotte may run at Eagle Farm on Saturday in a BM80 over 1825m.

Plymouth Road is aimed for a BM78 over 2000m on Saturday at Pakenham. This young-stayer will be hoping for a little give in the track for an improved performance of his last start.

Lord Van Percy is set to start in the Listed Pakenham Cup on Saturday over 2500m. LVP’s prep has been aimed towards this race and he is coming into it with good fitness and form. Let’s hope we see him back in the winners circle!

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