Double makes Magic for Weir

"Nothing will ever beat winning a Melbourne Cup, but yesterday runs a clear second."

Those words were spoken Sunday morning by Victoria's leading trainer Darren Weir, who furthered his ever-burgeoning profile when he sent two horses to Saturday's $10 million Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast and welcomed back two winners.

In all, Lucky Hussler ($1,205,000) returned $1,807,500 to connections, but away from the amazing pay-day, Weir said he could have only managed the result because of the team and the facilities in place at both his Ballarat and at his beach stable near Warrnambool.

"It was a real team effort and it is just great for our stable," Weir said. "Victorian horses haven't been able to perform on that day for a good few years now so it was nice to go up and explode the myth I suppose."

Weir said it was his stable set-up and the people he had put in place that made it possible to prepare two horses such as Lucky Hussler and Mahuta to race deep into the Melbourne spring carnival but still be able to perform at such a high level first-up in another state and racing right-handed for the first time.

Weir agreed that his biggest task still lay ahead – to be able to get Lucky Hussler and Mahuta back up again for the upcoming Melbourne autumn.

"Yeah, we're going to try and peak them again and we'll start that from tomorrow when they fly home and they'll go straight down to the beach.

"They won't have any time off but they'll just tick along and hopefully we can get them back to race in that sort of form."

The future looks bright for both horses. Lucky Hussler will be put on a path toward February's Group 1 Orr Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield while Mahuta will chase a third Guineas win – in the Australian Guineas on March 5 - following victories in the Sandown and Magic Millions Guineas over the past two months.

Lucky Hussler may have some company in the Orr Stakes on February 13 as Weir said his Group 1 winner Stratum Star also targeting the race.

Story by: Andrew Eddy -

Photo: Mahuta Facebook Page

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