Ballarat trainer Darren Weir believes Oak Heart has had the long grounding needed to win tomorrow's rich final of the Banjo Paterson series at Flemington.

The entire has had eight runs this campaign and has been honest throughout, including two wins in heats of the series through the winter.


Last start, at Moonee Valley in the final heat last weekend, Oak Heart raced close to the speed as jockey Steven King tried to stalk hot favourite Black And Bent but didn't finish off as he usually does, holding third behind Niptious and Black And Bent.


With Black And Bent not running and meeting Niptious a couple of kilos better at the weights, Weir is confident he can bounce back on the big track at Flemington.


“He's won a couple of the heats of the series,” Weir said.


“He won at Flemington five runs ago and at Sandown two back over 2400m. He's had the right grounding for this sort of race and I'm happy with the way he is going into it.


“He'll be midfield at worst and getting back to Flemington will suit really him.”


His only try at the track and distance was three back behind Black And Bent when a luckless fourth.


Although he carries topweight tomorrow the track and conditions suit and from a good gate will be hard to hold out.


The five-year-old has been installed the $4.50 favourite, just ahead of Red Buttons and Shylocks Daughter at $5.50.


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