10-hour round trip for Hillston Cup challenge

Kerry Weir and Megan Creed will take recent Tumut winner, Billo Road, to Hillston for their cup meeting on Saturday. Photo: Tumut and Adelong Times.

Kerry Weir will make the 10-hour round trip to Hillston Jockey Club on Saturday with just the one runner in his float. 

The Tumut trainer will prepare the Andy and Sue groves owned, Billo Road, for their annual Hillston Cup – a $12,000 Benchmark 66 event over the 1700m journey. 

Weir explained that it was simply a case of the right race for the right horse. 

“The race looks winnable,” Weir said.

“There is no special reason we are going to Hillston, I just needed to find the right race for him because there are no suitable races for him.

“I thought he was a 2000m horse, but he isn’t, he is suited from 1400m to 1800m and this race looks perfect.”

Weir said his six-year-old, who is a winner of three races from 33 starts, would handle the longer than usual trip to Hillston. 

“It’s five hours each way with the float on but he travels well, he is pretty good. He was trained by Rodney Robb, so he has been all over NSW,” Weir laughed. 

The veteran trainer has never trained a runner at Hillston before, although he has won his only race there, riding his second ever winner on the Southern Districts track as an apprentice jockey.

“I went there was I was 15 and I was doing my apprenticeship and I had one ride for one win and that was 37 years ago,” Weir laughed. 

“It was on Secondo Bay. It was my second ride in a race for my old boss, Bob Smith.”

Megan Creed will join Weir on his long trip, taking the ride in the meeting’s feature race.

In a big day for the Hillston Jockey Club, a six-race-program jumps at 1pm and tickets can still be purchased online.