Magic Day For Weir

Darren Weir’s remarkable season continued at Bendigo on Sunday when Maythehorsebemagic defeated stablemate Cat’s Fun in the $100,000 AJRA Mosstrooper Steeplechase (3600m).

The win followed 40 minutes after Weir's champion hurdler Gotta Take Care took his career-earnings over $1 million with a third-straight victory in the $100,000 Brendan Drechsler Hurdle (3200m).

With Maythehorsebemagic taken straight to the lead by jockey Brad McLean, the race was sensationally turned on its ear in the back straight when jockey Steven Pateman eased the $1.35 favourite Bashboy out of the race.

At the very next jump, jockey John Allen miraculously managed to stay aboard Cats Fun after he clipped one of the fences and threw the rider out of his irons and over the horse's neck.

While this was going on behind them, both Maythehorsebemagic and Regina Coeli ($41) had pinched a massive break racing to the second-last obstacle at the top of the straight together.

Clearly travelling the better, Maythehorsebemagic leapt clear of his rival before extending his margin again at the final jump and recording a six-length win over Cats Fun, who came from nowhere to grab second by a length-and-a-half ahead of Regina Coeli.

McLean, who restored his six point lead over John Allen at the top of the J.J. Houlahan Jumps Championship leader board with the win, said he had no idea Bashboy had been pulled out of the race.

“To be honest I had no idea what was going on behind me until I heard a big crash and saw Johnny Allen trying to hang on to Cats Fun,” McLean said.

“When I looked I couldn’t see Bashboy but I was pretty confident I had the race won either because he’s such a good, tough stayer.

“My god he’s got a huge leap on him, he’s got springs in his legs.”

The victory extended Darren Weir’s lead at the top of the J.J. Houlahan Jumps Trainer Championship to 40 points, while it also completed a double for McLean, who earlier partnered the Gai Waterhouse-trained Galiando to an impressive debut jumps win in the $20,000 Bendigo Mazda Maiden Hurdle (3200m).

Courtesy of Ben Asgari – www.

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