Lonhspresso Helps Weir Past 200

Lonhspresso provided the highlight individual performance on a huge day for her trainer Darren Weir with a fast-finishing victory in the $120,000 Listed The Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington. The win was the third leg of a nation-wide quintet for Weir, who also trained a winner in Adelaide as well as a treble at Donald, to take his season tally to a career-best 201 victories Australia-wide – the first trainer this season to do so.

The four-year-old daughter of Lonhro, already a Group 2 winner, is raced by the Gereaux family from Sydney along with Darren and Liz Dance from Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock. Given a perfect ride by Michelle Payne, she will now head to the $100,000 Golden Topaz at Swan Hill on June 6 en route to her main goal, the Group 1 Tatts Tiara in Brisbane.

Kicking the day off on 196 winners for the season, the stable stuck early when Benray scored a well overdue win in the first race at Donald. Weir scored again at Donald when the very exciting Symphonix won the 2YO Donald Classic. The son of Snippetson is now unbeaten in two starts will also head to Swan Hill for the $130,000 Elvstroem Classic.

Following Lonhspresso’s win, recent addition Let’s Rock ‘N’ Roll proved too fast for his opposition at Morphettville, giving the Ballarat trainer his 200th winner for the season. It’s the first time he has achieved this feat. ‘Weiry’ round off the day with Juan Tuffamigo winning well at Donald.

To complete a very good weekend for the stable, Bec Said No Credit won the Casterton Cup on the Sunday.

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