Apprentice Jarrod Fry guides $1.70 favourite Rue Maple to victory

 BALLARAT trainer Darren Weir yesterday moved to one win short of his best season in Melbourne with the win of Rue Maple at Moonee Valley. But a better gauge of just how popular the 40-year-old has become with owners and breeders comes over the next few days when he breaks new ground for a country-based trainer.


Only David Hayes, of all Victorian trainers, has ever managed to prepare more than 1000 runners (three times) in any season, but by the weekend, Weir will become just the second trainer in Victorian racing history - and the only trainer this season - to pass the milestone.



His return on his incredible workload to prepare that many horses for races has so far reaped 142 winners this season - the sixth consecutive season in which he has topped 100 winners. Only the unstoppable Peter Moody (178) has more winners of all Victorian trainers over the past 12 months.



Article by Andrew Eddy


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