Weir Turns Attention To Albury Gold Cup
Fresh from his first Sydney win at Rosehill on Saturday, Victoria’s champion trainer Darren Weir is set to turn his attention to another NSW target this week with his first starter in the $180,000 Albury Gold Cup.
Entries for Friday’s Listed Commercial Club Albury Gold Cup (2000m) don’t close until 11am on Monday but Weir is among an impressive list of top trainers to lodge early entries for one of the showcase events of country racing.
Weir has nominated the imported five-year-old Goldstream , an Italian Derby winner as a three-year-old.
Goldstream broke through for his first victory in Australia at Flemington last month while Weirt recorded his first Sydney victory at Rosehill on Saturday when Big Duke won the Manion Cup on protest.
Goldstream started his career in Australia for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees before he joined the Weir stable.
Weir is yet to win a race at Albury but seems keen to start Goldstream in the Albury Cup after bypassing Sunday’s Yarra Valley Cup with the import.
Other leading trainers to lodge early entries for the Albury Cup include Lee Freedman, Tony McEvoy, Gerald Ryan and Gary Moore.
Classic Uniform , who ran fourth in the Canberra Cup, has been entered by Rosehill-based Gary Moore. Classic Uniform won the Listed Parramatta Cup at Rosehill at his previous start.
Self Sense , second to Kourkam in the 2015 Albury Cup, is another early entry for this year’s race.
Gai Waterhouse was tempted to start her last start Canberra Cup winner Dark Eyes in the Albury Cup but has decided to send him to Melbourne for a start in next Saturday’s $300,000 Mornington Cup in a bid to qualify for a Caulfield Cup start next spring.
However Waterhouse will still be represented at the Albury Cup meeting by promising three-year-old Coonawarra in the $80,000 Albury Guineas (1400m), a race she has won twice.
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