Pay The Aces Caps Off Successful Season

When Pay The Aces strolled home in the $100,000 Thackeray Steeple at Warrnambool on Sunday, it capped off another very successful season for his trainer Darren Weir. He had 136 winners and for the seventh time was the leading Victorian country trainer with 104 wins.

Patiently ridden by Irishman John Allen, Pay The Aces came from last and after dodging several incidents during the race, he powered home, winning by 2 ½ lengths. The win completed a double for "Weiry" and Allen after also winning the Maiden Hurdle with Via Savoia. Having his first start this season over the larger obstacles, Pay The Aces will now head to the $100,000 Crisp Steeple over 4000m at Sandown on August 14 and maybe the $200,000 Grand National Steeple there a fortnight later.

The stable, which recorded 19 wins in the final month of the 2010-11 season, has continued it’s good form into the new season. Eightways was when successful at Geelong on Tuesday, with the season just two days old.

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