Red Letter Day At Moonee Valley

Saturday’s race meeting at Moonee Valley proved a ‘Red Letter Day’ for Ballarat trainer Darren Weir, who trained his first ‘Melbourne’ treble. Evergreen galloper Gotta Take Care kicked the day off under the guidance of former Weir apprentice Ben Melham. The nine-year-old son of Rubiton, who has mixed racing on the flat and jumping this preparation recorded his 15th win when proving too strong for his opposition. In the following race, Broken won his second Carylon Stakes after winning it in the Stewards Room 12 months earlier.

The seven-year-old gelding is in career best form following his win in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap at his last start. Weir completed the treble Clang And Bang gave his opposition a galloping lesson in the Chandler MacLeod Handicap. With promising apprentice Jye McNeil, who combined to win on him two weeks earlier, the seven-year-old had nearly four lengths on his nearest rival on the line. It wasn’t the first time ‘Weiry’ first treble on a city track. He achieved the magnificent feat in January 2011 in Adelaide with Le Bel Away, Maunatrice and Perian Moon - all three ridden by Jacob Rule. To completed the day, mintues before Gotta Take Care’s win, five-year-old debutant Show Artist, which races in the same colours as stable star Puissance De Lune, won the first race at Donald.

Purchased for $85,000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, the son of Show A Heart had a delayed start to a racing career due to having a throat operation, then had to turned out again with suspensory issues – his win was a credit to the patience that his owners have shown.

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