Another Country Cup For Weir

Not many Country Cups in Victoria have alluded the state’s leading trainer Darren Weir, however the Hamilton Cup was one such race. That was until Sunday when six-year-old entire Hurdy Gurdy Man overcame trouble to take out the $60,000 feature. Raced by Ed and Robyn Shakespeare, Hurdy Gurdy Man ran third in the April edition of the Hamilton Cup last year behind Finiguerra and The Black Oak. Weir has turned the son of Street Cry, who earlier in the year won the Hobart Cup, form around this preparation. He was spelled after suffering a bleeding attack in the Launceston Cup and failed to beat a horse home in his first two runs back this preparation. However ‘Weiry’ wasn’t convinced he was finished and he has since won the Murtoa Cup, lumping 62.5kg and the Hamilton Cup with 59kg at his past three starts. He will be given his chance to add further Country Cups to the mantelpiece when he runs in the Kyneton Cup during Melbourne Cup week en route to the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup at the end of November.

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