Weir's Charge Streets Cup Rivals

Darren Weir added the Kyneton Cup to his collection of regional features when Streets Away scored a resounding win in today's $100,000 NMIT Kyneton Cup.


The former Queenslander made a one-act affair of the 2000m event to make it two feature country cups in as many Wednesdays for Ballarat-based Weir, who won last week's Jayco Bendigo Cup with Puissance de Lune.


Weir hatched a plan to tackle the Kyneton Cup after his fine second placing in the TAB Cranbourne Cup and said it was a satisfying result with some of Streets Away's owners locally-based.


"I thought Cranbourne might have been it (this preparation), but he ran well at Cranbourne and few of the owners are locals from Kyneton so I suggested to them if he pulled up well we'd have a crack at it," Weir said.


"I've had a couple of runners in the Kyneton Cup but haven't been able to win it, so it's a big thrill to win it."


Streets Away's win came just 24 hours after Walk With Attitude won for Weir at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.


The six-year-old was ridden confidently by Steven Arnold from a wide barrier at Kyneton and after finding the spot outside the leader heading out of the straight the first time, Arnold was able to dictate poised to the outside off longshot leader Massoni.


Arnold put the pressure on at the 650m and quickly surged away. The $4.60 equal favourite turned for home two lengths clear and extended his margin up the short Kyneton straight to score by three lengths.


Second home was Back In Black ($5) with co-favourite Shenzhou Steeds working home solidly to edge out Doctor Fremantle for third placing, a further neck away.


"I had to keep rolling down to the post a bit just to get that spot and then we were in a controlling spot from there," said Arnold, who also celebrated his first Kyneton Cup win.


"He floated a little bit around the corner but when I got serious on him he picked up and sprinted good."



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