While much of the hype in Darren Weir’s stable centres around his older horses leading into the spring, the master trainer is bullish about the prospects of one of emerging three-year-olds.
Dawn Approach colt Approach Discreet, underlined his talents with a dominant 8.5L win over 1500m at Morphettville on Saturday and will likely rise to Stakes grade in next month’s Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m).
While he also holds an entry for the $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m), Weir said his best may come over 10 furlongs and beyond, indicating the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) could be his ultimate goal this spring.
“The opposition wasn’t great (on Saturday) but he is definitely a nice colt going forward,” Weir said.
“He is owned by Peter Law who buys a lot of horses with us and a lot of them go to Hong Kong he might be one that heads there but hopefully he can at least hang around for the spring.
Purchased from the draft of Mill Park Stud at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $360,000 by outstanding judge John Foote and trainer Darren Weir, Approach Discreet is out of the stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Very Discreet, from the prolific black-type producing family of Halo Again which also includes Gr3 SAJC Dermody Stakes winners She's Discreet & Be Discreet, Morphettville Guineas winner Forever Discreet, and Gr3 Bloodhorse Breeders' Stakes winner Gilded Angel.
TRSA has announced another fantastic incentive for owners and trainers to further the excitement of Spring Racing in South Australia.
Six individual race Series have been created, each named after iconic South Australian horses such as the outstanding mare Viddora, who has accumulated more than $2 million in prizemoney to date, and warhorse Riziz, whose strike rate was to be envied, to be held in September, October and November 2018.
Heats will be run at Metropolitan, Provincial and Country race meetings throughout South Australia, with a Final for each Series to be held at Morphettville during the Spring Carnival.
These Series will be held over a range of distances to provide opportunities for as many horses as possible, with the following Series Finals:
Saturday 20 October $100,000 Rebel Raider Series Final (3yo), 1200 metres
Saturday 27 October $100,000 Viddora Series Final (Mares BM 80), 1300 metres
Saturday 3 November $100,000 Riziz Sprint Series Final (BM 75), 1100 metres
Tuesday 6 November $100,000 Skybeau Stayers Series Final (BM 75), 2000 metres
Saturday 10 November $100,000 Happy Trails Series Final (BM 7), 1400 metres