Ballarat horseman Darren Weir had the numbers for the 2014 Warrnambool Cup Carnival and today he came away with the goods winning the $200,000 feature with favourite Akzar as well as the trainer’s bonus giving him a brand new Mercedes to boot.
Selkirk seven-year-old Akzar jumped top of the odds for this afternoon’s Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) and, after travelling wide throughout, bolted it in over the final straight to win running away.
Jockey Brad Rawiller was aboard the in-form galloper today, returning to duties after Michelle Payne was in the saddle for their latest run when second in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).
Weir had the horse spot on for Warrnambool Cup Day and the 2400m though with Akzar relishing the step back up to the mile and a half continuing their form rise since joining their new trainer at the start of the year.
On the line Akzar had at least four lengths to spare over runner-up Westsouthwest who came off a Caulfield win while the Saab Hasan-trained four-year-old Shoreham finished a close third.
Akzar also secured the $41,000 red Mercedes for Weir who won four races during the two-day carnival, a bonus put on by the club.
After the field settled post-jump it was Dan O’Sullivan’s Country Cups’ Horse of the Year Gottino going forward to lead with the likes of St Jean, Picture Editor,