Handy Weir imports set to debut; Weekend Preview

A number of horses transferred from Darren Weir are set to make their debut for team Maher/Eustace this weekend including Group 1 winner Land of Plenty.

The entire by Stratum will run in the first Group 1 of the year, the C.F Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield.

He ran terrific first-up in the Australia Stakes where he finished third and he galloped well on Monday at Terang.

The five-year-old looks absolutely fantastic and could not be in better condition so we are hopeful he will be right there at the finish.

Damian Lane, who knows him well, will take the ride from barrier 11.

Earlier in the day at Caulfield we have Yogi contesting the Big Screen Company Handicap over 1800m.

He is a genuine stayer who is looking for more ground, so this is just a starting point for him however he does have some good first-up form.

We don’t know a whole lot about him yet, but he looks fit and well and will hopefully improve off the back of the run.

Craig Williams rides from barrier 10.

We then have Voodoo Lad running in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes over 1100m.

He is another former Weir galloper that we are still learning about, but he seems to be in really good nick.

He impressed in a gallop on Monday at Terang so we are hopeful he can run well in a sharp race against some top horses.

Damien Oliver takes the ride after guiding him to Group 1 glory last start in the Winterbottom Stakes, and the pair will jump from barrier five.

We than have two-year-old colt Groot running in the Blue Diamond Prelude for Colt and Geldings over 1100m.

He has shown us a bit of ability at home, but this is a very strong race.

We will just be looking to see him run well and can assess where he is at from there.

Queen of the stable, Linda Meech, takes the ride from barrier seven.

In the filly’s edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude we have Sensitivity.

She debuted nicely at Geelong where she drew off the track but still managed to finish second.

From barrier one, we’d be hopeful she can get a nice a nice position in the run without having to do a lot of work.

It’s a tough race but she is a nice filly so we think she will run well.

Dwayne Dunn takes the ride.

Our final runner of the day is Night’s Watch who will run in the Carlyon Cup over 1600m.

He galloped well at Moonee Valley on Monday and looks to be fit and ready to win over a mile.

He has a good first-up record and has drawn a good barrier so we think he will go well.

Damian Lane will take the ride from barrier two.

Up in Sydney at Warwick Farm on Saturday we have two runners with the first being Bold Arial.

First Light Racing’s filly will take on the Inglis Spring for three-year-olds over 1100m worth $1M.

She has drawn the widest barrier of the race which isn’t ideal but she runs best when she settles back and wide and makes her run home late, so it might still pan out alright for her.

It is a strong race so she will have to improve to have a winning chance, but she is in good form and didn’t have much of a run last start so fingers crossed she runs well.

Jay Ford will take the ride form gate 16.

We then have Salome running in the $2M Inglis Millennium over 1200m for two-year-olds.

Things didn’t pan out ideally for her last start at Moonee Valley, but she has galloped well going into this race.

In a big field, she will be able to have a quieter run which seems to get the best out of her.

It’s a strong race so she will have to improve to be in the money, but we still think she will run well.

Salome will be ridden by Jason Collett from barrier 11.

On Sunday down at Hobart we have Dream Big running in the 2100m Strutt Stakes.

She has had an ultra-consistent preparation so far, so we have opted to try and chase some black-type which is invaluable to fillies and mares.

This race is a step up in class for her, but it would be fantastic to see her get some black-type under her belt this early on in her career.

Jason Maskiell takes the ride from barrier six.

We then have the in-form imported galloper Al Galayel contesting the 2400m Group 3 Hobart Cup.

He has been super consistent this preparation and deserves to have a crack in this grade.

We are looking forward to seeing him step up to 2400m as we have always thought this would be his best suited distance.

He has been in a good groove for a while and shouldn’t be too far away.

Tommy Berry rides from an awkward barrier in 11.