Great End

Hurdy Gurdy Man’s impressive win in the $35,000 Woodford Cup at Warrnambool on Sunday has made trainer Darren Weir rethink the five-year-old Street Cry’s ‘Summer’ program. His preparation has been geared around the ‘Cups Double’ in Tasmania - the Hobart Cup and Launceston Cup, both Group 3 events over 2400m. The Hobart Cup has proven very successful for ‘Weiry’ winning the race three times with True Courser (2006), Offenbach (2008) and the following year with Gotta Keep Cool. Consideration is now being given to missing the Hobart Cup and staying in Victoria to compete in the $350,000 Mornington Cup on February 13, three days after the Hobart Cup. Hurdy Gurdy Man’s win provided his owners Ed and Robyn Shakespeare with a great weekend. On Friday night at Cranbourne, progressive three-year-old filly First Bloom recorded her ‘debut’ win when proving too strong for her opposition in the 1600m Fillies & Mares Maiden. The Shakespeare’s raced the filly’s dam Celtic Bloom, a winner of seven races from 1200m to 2300m and over $210,000 in stakemoney. When her racing days were over the Shakespeare’s sold her but were happy to buy into her first live foal when ‘Weiry’ brought the Dylan Thomas filly for $15,000 as a yearling in Melbourne.

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