Weir drought ends in Sydney, now for the flood
THE nation's leading trainer, Darren Weir, has finally broken his Sydney jinx - now for a Group 1 win.
Weir has the talented Humidor among the favourites for the $1.5 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Humidor's bid for Group 1 glory comes a week after Weir won his first race in Sydney race when Big Duke won the Manion Cup, albeit on protest.
With the monkey off his back, Weir is now after his first Sydney major to continue what is already shaping as a career-best season.
Weir is the nation's leading trainer of Group 1 winners with seven already this season including Humidor's last-start Australian Cup victory, breaking his previous best of six big-race wins last season.
In the national premiership, Weir has trained an extraordinary 295 winners and is nearly 100 wins clear of his nearest rival.
With just over four months of the 2016-17 season remaining, Weir is certain to eclipse the national record he set last season of 347.5 wins. In fact, the trainer is on pace to do the unthinkable and break the 400-win barrier.
"We've had a good season, it has been great to be honest," Weir said.
"But we are not thinking of the records, we don't train our horses for that. We just work them and hope they run well.''
So, does Weir think he can win his first Sydney Group 1 race with Humidor in The BMW?
"We are very happy with Humidor," Weir said. "The wet and the Sydney way won't be a problem for him.
"Since I've had the horse, I've never run him on a wet track in Melbourne but his form in New Zealand suggests he will handle it."
Humidor finished powerfully to run down Jameka with Exospheric third in the Australian Cup two weeks ago, his first win since joining the Weir stable late last year.
However, Humidor has never won beyond 2000m and failed at his only previous attempt at 2400m, finishing down the track in the New Zealand Derby last year.
But Weir is not among those who believe Humidor will struggle to run the 2400m right out on Saturday.
"I don't think the trip will be a problem, not the way he ran through the line in the Australian Cup," he said.