Toss Weir’s tainted records into the dustbin of history
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.