Weir Breaks Own Record for Number of Winners in One Season

The old adage says that records were made to be broken. Unmentioned in that adage is the fact that in order to be broken, they must be established, and that is precisely what trainer Darren Weir has done by becoming the first horse trainer to train 400 winners in one season.

Number 400 came about when Ancient King won the 3200 m E – Cycle Solutions recently at Ballarat. In the interest of complete disclosure, we feel obligated to mention that the race is a hurdles event.

It still counts. It would appear, also, that the demise of jumps racing is not yet total, despite the outrage of the animal rights sect.

In fielding 400 winners in one season, Weir broke his own record of last season, when it was 349 posts to his credit.

Of course, it is necessary to examine Weir’s milestone from an objective perspective. One way to win a lot of races is to field a lot of horses.

With regard to the Melbourne trainers’ premiership, Weir has notched 115 winners this season, 18 more than his nearest rivals, the Hayes brothers Dabernig triumvirate. The difference in prizemoney would be considered negligible to those who view a $100,000 difference as trivial, which it almost is, considering that both Weir and his rival have taken in close to $12 million this season.

That prize money difference shrinks in significance when it is seen that Weir has 821 starts to 691 for the Hayes operation.

They both carry an identical 14 percent strike rate. No other trainer on the Melbourne table has enough race starts to even be included in the conversation.

We would have to say that Weir has the objective perspective we mentioned. Commenting on the achievement, he said, “It’s just nice that it’s happened. I suppose if you think about it it’s more than a winner a day.”

Well said, Mr. Weir. Well said.

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