Cho­co­late chance

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

VIC­TO­RIA’S premier trainer Dar­ren Weir will un­veil the sta­ble’s lat­est West Aus­tralian re­cruit when Cho­co­late Holic makes his eastern states de­but in the Sir John Monash Stakes.

Cho­co­late Holic has won seven of his 11 starts in the west, in­clud­ing the Listed Northam Cup ( 1600m) and Listed Car­bine Club of WA Stakes ( 1400m), and re­sumes in to­mor­row’s Group Three Sir John Monash at Caulfield over 1100m. He also fin­ished sec­ond to sub­se­quent Group One Good­wood win­ner Vega Magic in the Group Three A J Sc­ahill Stakes ( 1400m) at As­cot in his most re­cent start last De­cem­ber. Cho­co­late Holic tri­alled twice in April and May for his for­mer train­ers Grant and Alana Wil­liams be­fore they sent him to Weir.

“He’s a re­ally nice horse and a good horse to get,” Weir said. “He had good train­ers be­fore com­ing over here, so it would be hard to im­prove him but hope­fully I get him go­ing as good. Grant and Alana just rang up and said we’ll send him over. There’s a few more op­por­tu­ni­ties here.”

The Bletch­ingly Stakes ( 1200m) two weeks af­ter to­mor­row and the Group Two P B Lawrence Stakes ( 1400m) next month are pos­si­ble tar­gets. “I reckon 1400 me­tres is his go,” Weir said.

“I would have thought he would need fur­ther than what it is on Satur­day. I reckon he will be hit­ting the line well but I just thought it might be too short.” Weir’s past suc­cess with West Aus­tralian horses is high­lighted by Black Heart Bart’s five Group One wins in his care.

“Cho­co­late Holic is a lovely lit­tle horse to train,” said Weir.

LOVELY HORSE: Cho­co­late Holic, pic­tured with jockey William Pike.

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