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After a stellar weekend of racing in Melbourne for CF Orr Stakes Day, the meeting’s four-time winning trainer and luckless runner-up in the Group 1 Darren Weir will debut his former WA-trained filly Perfect Reflection this Saturday in Flemington’s 2016 The Vanity.
Weir celebrated a quartet Caulfield wins over the weekend including the Autumn Stakes with Australian Guineas hopeful Mahuta and also prepared a luckless Lucky Hussler for his brave second to Suavito in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).
This Saturday he takes his next Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival contingent to Flemington Racecourse for Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Day including Perfect Reflection who has her first run for the Melbourne Cup winning trainer.
Previously prepared in Perth where she won all five of her opening career starts including most famously in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in December, she runs first-up in Victoria in the $150,000 Group 3 The Vanity (1200m).
Taking on her own kind, Perfect Reflection is nominated for a host of Melbourne and Sydney majors over the coming months including the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) against the boys back at Flemington on March 5.
Current 2016 Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by New Zealand Group 1 winner Xtravagant ($6), Weir’s Teofilo colt Palentino ($6) and stablemate Mahuta ($6.50) who posted his sixth win on the trot in Saturday’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m).
Perfect Reflection is the next best fancied in the futures Australian Guineas odds at $7.50 to become the first filly since Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) went back-to-back to win the mile classic.
Weir trialled her at Camperdown on Friday and was pleased with her hit-out, which she will follow with a run alongside Palentino on Tuesday.
“She had a nice hit-out and she’ll have another strong gallop with Palentino next Tuesday and that’ll have them both ready to run on Saturday,” Weir told Racing Victoria.
“She’s a very nice filly and I’ve been really pleased with the way she’s coming on.”
Weir’s shortest-priced Australian Guineas hope Palentino meanwhile was last seen finishing a mid-field seventh beaten three lengths by Puritan first-up in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) on February 6.
He will look to atone for that luckless run in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m), a race the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina won 12 months ago before his Australian Guineas success next time out.
“He just didn’t get the right run last week but he came through that run really well,” Weir said.
“He trialled at Camperdown on Friday and his gallop on Tuesday will have him ready for Saturday.”
Mahuta also pulled up well post-Autumn Stakes win on the weekend and will also head towards the Australian Guineas at this stage Weir told RSN’s Correct Weight.
“I guess we’ll have to head towards the Guineas at this stage,” he said.
“He pulled up fine. We’ve got three weeks to the Guineas and if he has a good three weeks, there’s no reason not to go to the race.”
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