Broken Wins Aurie's Star

He'd never won beyond 1000 metres before, but seven-year-old gelding Broken capped a double at Flemington for trainer Darren Weir with victory in today's $150,000 Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m).

The son of Halo Homewrecker's win in the feature race on the program followed Weir's earlier success with Clang And Bang in the Trevor Dray and Joyann Erskine Handicap (1720m).

Third over 1000 metres behind Day Procedure at Moonee Valley the previous Saturday, Weir said he wasn't surprised by Broken claiming the first Group class victory of his career.

"The horse has been racing terrific without luck and the drop to the 54kg today really helped," Weir said.

"Even though he's never won beyond 1000 metres, his recent runs have suggested that he's been looking for 1200 metres, the ground was perfect, he loves the straight and it was a terrific ride.

"I just said to Luke (Nolen) you've just got to get a bit of cover and wait for as long as you can and get him as wide as you can in the straight and he produced a great ride."

After settling just behind the early leaders, jockey Luke Nolen angled Broken ($10) into the clear with 300 metres to travel before he produced a powerful finishing burst over the final 200 metres to race past Temple Of Boom ($5.50) and Cavallo Nero ($21).

Speaking after the victory, Nolen said Broken's fitness edge over his rivals may have proven the difference today.

"He was the fit horse and you have to take advantage while the higher-class horses still have improvement left in them," Nolen said.

"He was quite convincing on the line, he's never looked like winning a 1200 metre race before but it was good to see him get the job done today over some good quality horses today."

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