Broken Wins Second Carlyon Stakes

The 2014 Carlyon Stakes is a full year away, but there's a fair chance Nick Hall will be riding consistent sprinter Broken in the $120,000 Listed event.

Hall and Broken won the 1000-metre race for the second year in a row today at Moonee Valley on what was a red-letter day for Broken's trainer Darren Weir.

It was part of a winning treble for Weir, his first at metropolitan level on a Saturday.

The Carlyon Stakes success followed last year's bizarre victory, when Hall and Broken were presented the race after being second over the line only for a protest third against first was upheld.

“I don't know if I'm good with this race or this horse, but that's two for two now so I'm happy,” Hall said.

The seven-year-old continued his resurgent career when he stormed over the top of his rivals. The $13 chance scored by three-quarters-of-a-length from Chosen To Fly ($21), who was a short-half-head in advance of Golden Sunshine ($5.50).

It made it back-to-back Black Type wins for the son of Halo Homewrecker, who was coming off victory in the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap at Flemington, and has now won $540,105.

“We knew he was going well, but, to be honest, that's a good surprise,” Weir said.

“He's been great little horse. Merrick Staunton picked him out as a weanling, we paid $20,000 for him and syndicated it between a few friends. It's been a great story.”

There were no shortage of good runs outside the placegetters with General Truce and Pocket Rockets hitting the line well for fourth and fifth respectively, while Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel was solid when sixth, less than two lengths from Broken.

Broken's win was the middle pin of Weir's treble, the Ballarat horseman having won the preceding race, the $80,000 Adapt Australia BM96 Handicap, with Gotta Take Care (Ben Melham).

Apprentice jockey Jye McNeil secured the third leg when he made it back-to-back Saturday city victories aboard Clang And Bang.

Written by Brad Bishop, courtesy of

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