Top Prospect (Image: Racing Photos)
When you are breaking records seemingly at will, it can be tough to set goals but Darren Weir was happy to announce he had achieved his target over the four days at Flemington following the win of Top Prospect in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Plate (2000m).
The victory of the New Zealand-bred five-year-old meant Weir had fulfilled both wishes of training a Group 1 feature winner - Extra Brut in AAMI Victoria Derby - and to train a winner on each of the four days at Melbourne Cup Carnival.
"That was the plan - to win a feature race and if not, to train a winner on each of the days," Weir said after the race.
"We got the Derby and now this, so we're pretty happy."
Top Prospect was backed from $15 to $11 and he finished too well under Craig Williams before holding off a late challenge from Etymology ($19) to win by a half neck. The $41 chance Lycurgus also finished strongly for third.
Weir said Australian Bloodstock had sourced the horse from New Zealand and that it took some time before he found his feet with his new stable. But everything fell into place at his sixth run for Weir.
"He was a bit hit and miss and then we had a little bit of a problem behind so we sent him to the farm and he's just been poking around at the farm," he explained.
"It improved everything. It improved his action. It improved his manners. It doesn't work with them all but it did with this one."
Weir's Melbourne Cup Carnival winners: Extra Brut (Victoria Derby - Day 1), Fifty Stars (Coffee Grinders Trophy - Day 2), Thermal Current (Absolut Stakes - Day 3) and Top Prospect on final day.
Weir said Top Prospect would now progress to the Ballarat Cup in two weeks where he will be joined by Pleasuring - who finished fifth in the race - and possibly by the beaten $3 equal favourite Lucky For All, who finished sixth after jockey John Allen reported the saddle had slipped during the race.