A treble in today’s final Victorian meeting of the year at Mildura has seen the training juggernaut D.K. Weir end the season with 449 winners. Agonisingly close to the 450 milestone, with his two runners in the final race of the day; Skilled Hunter ($10) and Mac’s Mettle ($31) running 5th and 7th respectively.
The 449 total has absolutely gapped the previous Australian record of 348, set by D.K. Weir himself in last year’s 2015/2016 season and David Hayes’ 280 winners in second place. The astronomical 449 tally also boasted 137 metropolitan winners in Melbourne and 8 group 1 winners around the country, amassing over $20.6 million in total prize money.
The Weir juggernaut finished the season with a record of 2688 total runners: 449 winners, 355 second placings and 324 thirds striking at over 16%. When comparing last season’s statistics of 2209 starts, 348 wins, 265 seconds and 251 thirds it’s quite evident that the Weir racing operation is expanding at a significant rate.
It’s a credit to the sport to have the trainers title taken out by a man who is described by many as the nicest bloke you’d meet and who folk law has it, knows the name of every single horse in his stable. Back Weir drink beer as they say!