Toss Weir’s tainted records into the dust­bin of his­tory

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - RAY THOMAS

DAR­REN Weir’s na­tional bench­mark of 489.5 wins in a sea­son should be ex­punged from rac­ing’s record books.

Weir set the train­ing record in 2017-18, break­ing the mark he estab­lished the pre­vi­ous sea­son of 449 wins.

In fact, he has bro­ken the na­tional record for most wins three years in suc­ces­sion — and was on track to be­come the first trainer to pre­pare 500 win­ners in a sea­son be­fore the sen­sa­tional Fed­eral Po­lice raid of his sta­bles and sub­se­quent stew­ards in­quiry which re­sulted in his lengthy ban.

But the Weir saga is far from over. The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing, stew­ards are still study­ing var­i­ous as­pects of the case and there is talk of le­gal ac­tion from dis­grun­tled own­ers and pun­ters.

The storm clouds of con­tro­versy will con­tinue to linger over Weir for months, pos­si­bly years, which brings into sharp fo­cus his sta­ble re­sults and train­ing records over the past few sea­sons.

It might be dif­fi­cult to al­ter any race re­sults but Weir’s na­tional train­ing record for most wins in a sea­son should no longer be cel­e­brated or recog­nised — at least un­til the po­lice and stew­ards in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been com­pleted.

• • • THE Inglis Mil­len­nium meet­ing was well pro­moted, at­tracted a healthy at­ten­dance of more than 6000 race fans, and showed that there is an ap­petite for fea­ture Syd­ney Satur­day race meet­ings at Warwick Farm.

This has prompted re­newed calls for the Chip­ping Nor­ton Stakes and Liver­pool City Cup race day to be re­turned to Warwick Farm next year.

One reader con­tacted me last week to sug­gest that if the Aus­tralian Turf Club left the Group 1 Chip­ping Nor­ton Stakes at Royal Rand­wick, the race should be re­named the Bondi Mile.

• • • CASTELVECCHIO’S out­stand­ing Inglis Mil­len­nium win over Ac­ces­sion and Dawn Pas­sage was a su­pe­rior twoyear-old race to the Lonhro Plate taken out by Bivouac.

But due to the re­stricted en­try of the Inglis Mil­len­nium, this win does not help Castelvecchio’s chances of qual­i­fy­ing for the Golden Slip­per.

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