Virvacity Runs His Last Race

Darren Weir said goodbye to an old stable favourite when the 10-year-old Virvacity ran his last race at Morphettville last Saturday. He was gallant in defeat, carrying 71.5kgs into second place behind Half Moon Rising. During his 71 race career, he notched over $400,000 in stakemoney – the majority from his 32 runs over jumps, recording eight wins and seven placings. His major wins were the 2006 Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool and the Von Doussa Steeple at Oakbank two years later. Last year he took out the Great Southern Steeple at Pakenham and the Thackeray Steeple at Warrnambool. Gotta Take Care has a long way to reach the feats of Virvacity but he couldn’t have been any more impressive then when strolling home at his jumps debut at Warrnambool last Monday. Ridden to perfection by Irish jockey John Allen, sitting mid-field before looming into the race before the last jump, then proved too superior for his rivals over the closing stages. The winner of a hurdle trial by five lengths at Warrnambool back in June, Gotta Take Care gave the highly-talented Allen his 10th winner since making a winning debut aboard The Catarena at the Warrnambool Carnival back in May.

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