Winning treble for Darren Weir at Moonee Valley on Saturday

Darren Weir, the state’s leading trainer prepared a winning treble at Moonee Valley on Saturday, included in which were victories with a filly has already proven herself at the top-level, Thousand Guineas runner-up May’s Dream, and another with one who appears destined to get there.


Signoff won the $100,000 Medownick Laser Clinic. The Irish-bred four-year-old registered his sixth win from just seven starts with a romp in the 2500-metre event.


Weir has bigger things in store for both, but said they both needed to run at Moonee Valley for different reasons.


“The idea behind bringing Signoff here was just to get his rating up, which will help him spring,” he said.


“May’s Dream had to run today, it was either here or go to Adelaide, and I didn’t want to do three trips to Adelaide with her.


“It’s nice to be able to bring nice horses here and win with them.”


While Weir has an immediate Group 1 goal in mind for May’s Dream, he now has a path to plot with Signoff.


The son of Authorized did little to heighten the boom with a five-length stroll in the park at the final start of his debut campaign.


Weir did his best to play down the win, highlighting that hurdle stars Westsouthwest and Arch Fire filled the minor placings, but was delighted to see him continue his progression with another easy victory.


“A lot of the opposition were jumpers, so we can’t too carried away with that,” Weir said.


“But he’s going to go the paddock in a great frame of mind which I reckon is really important for a horse like this.


“It’s great to be able to just teach them to do it properly and I think today he’s settled great. He did it well, but he needs to go to the paddock now.


“Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here with him.”


Signoff might not get a crack at Group 1 racing this year, with the 2015 Melbourne and Caulfield Cups the priority for the gelding who is bred to Northern Hemisphere time at this stage, but May’s Dream just two starts away from a start in a Group 1.


The daughter of New Approach and former Melbourne Cup runner-up She’s Archie heads to Adelaide for the Auraria Stakes (1800m) on 12 April before a crack at the Schweppes Oaks (2000m) two weeks later.


May’s Dream, who beat home all bar champion filly Guelph in last year’s Guineas at Caulfield, showed she was on track for those features with a great win against a field of older female rivals.


Thanks a rails-hugging ride by Harry Coffey, she got home by three-quarters-of-a-length from Double Dee.


“She’s always had the ability but now she’s bigger and stronger you would think she’s just going to get better,” Weir said.


The May’s Dream one was a special one for Coffey, who completed his first Saturday city double.


Coffey’s other winner was also for Weir, Siwa Lady, who was the first leg of a winning treble for the trainer.


Those victories took Weir’s city winners tally to 59, which affords him a 16-win advantage over Peter Moody in the Victorian Metropolitan Trainers’ Premiership.


Courtesy of Brad Bishop - www.racingvictoria.com.au



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