Weir Happy With Akzar Ahead of Doomben Cup

May 14th, 2014

Trainer Darren Weir is confident in the chances of late entry Akzar in this weekend’s featured Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) after a particularly impressive run of results over his six most recent appearances on track.

Trainer Darren Weir is pleased with the form of Akzar ahead of this weekend's Doomben Cup

Trainer Darren Weir is pleased with the form of Akzar ahead of this weekend's Doomben Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Beginning his Australian tenure under the care of Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge, Weir conceded Akzar arrived at his stables in good order, but believes new life has been breathed into the Selkirk gelding under his unique training regime.

“I have got two stables and I had him in the Ballarat one for the first week I got him and he was just going through the motions and didn’t look happy” Weir told the Courier Mail.

“Then I sent him to the beach stable at Warrnambool and got him working on the beach and he thrived and absolutely loved it.

“He hardly ever goes to the track except on race days and he just goes and canters on the beach and gallops across some sand dunes. He has become a very happy horse.”

Strolling home to win the Mitchelton Wines Handicap (1600m) on January 24th, Akzar has continued to build in form and experience over events while under the guidance of Weir; winning both the Hilton Nicholas Open (2000m) and VRC 150th Celebration Race Open (2000m) on March 1st.

While unlucky to finish just off the pace and second in both the Raceday Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th, the gelding out of Alaiyda returned to the winner’s circle with an impressive turn to foot to claim the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) by more than six lengths last time out on May 1st.

Following the impressive showing, Akzar has opened as and maintained status as tied third favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Doomben Cup, at a current quote of $5.50.

Breaking through to claim the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast last time out, Group 1 champion Streama is currently outright favourite to win the Doomben Cup at $4.20 odds, ahead of in-form Team Hawkes runner Leebaz ($4.50).

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