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Darren Weir’s Hurdy Gurdy Man has made a name for himself in country cups over the past two seasons after winning the Woodford, Hobart, Murthoa, and Hamilton Cups.
The seven-year-olds journey is far from over – Weir has revealed the horse will target the Listed Werribee Open Handicap (2600m) on December 14.
The news comes after Hurdy Gurdy Man ran fourth in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) on Saturday, finishing three and a half lengths off the winner Mujadale. This was a vast improvement from his run in the Ararat Cup (200m) two starts ago, in which he finished end of the field in eighth place to the same horse.
“He’ll go to that 2600-metre race at Werribee in a couple of weeks and the way he went on Saturday he’ll be competitive in it too,” Weir told Racing Network on Monday.
“He was really good on Saturday, hit the line hard, and John (Allen, jockey) said if he’d had a stroke of luck when it counted he could have run second.”
Hurdy Gurdy Man has yet to score a win since the Hamilton Cup (2200m) last October, almost a year ago though he has gone on to score a placing in three of his eight starts. This included a runner-up finish in the Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) last year, which is over the same distance and course of the Handicap.
Weir had three horses running in the $200,000 Ballarat Cup on Saturday, including At First Sight who finished runner-up. The horse was purchased for just $20,000 from a Lloyd Williams dispersal sale.
He made his first start under Weir in September, with back-to-back second placings in the Ararat and Ballarat Cups his best performances.
“He’s owned in Ballarat and they wanted a Cup runner. That’s why we bought him, and he’s getting close to a win,” Weir said.
“Hopefully we can just win a race with him somewhere.”
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