Five of the best as Mikayla Weir dominates at Quirindi

Mikayla Weir rode five winners at Quirindi on Monday.
Photo: Bradley Photos.

On Monday, Singleton jockey Mikayla Weir enjoyed a red-letter day at Quirindi, with the 29-year-old booting home five winners for the first time in her career. 

A winner of over 430 races to date, Weir has enjoyed some wonderful days in the saddle, but she never envisioned greeting the judge first on a handful of occasions at Quirindi.

“It’s my first time, and it’s something you want to do; ride as many winners as you can at any meeting, but I didn’t think Quirindi was going to be the day,” Weir said. 

“I had some good rides, but not outstanding, and my first two were my best two.

“I guess, once you start on a good note, you have that positive energy throughout the day, and you ride with confidence.”

Weir kicked off the program with a winning double, booting home the Melanie O’Gorman-trained Arrabbiata ($1.70) to a six-lengths win in the Maiden Plate (1450m) before winning on the Scott Singleton-trained Insightful Award ($2.35) in the Maiden Handicap (1000m). 

From there, Weir gave punters some value, with the Stirling Osland-trained Cuneiform ($7) winning the Maiden Handicap (1200m) and Jane Clement-trained Sparks ($4.40) taking out the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m). 

Riding for Jan Bowen, Weir saved her best-priced winner for last, with Borrowed Luck ($13) proving too good in the Class One Handicap (1000m). 

Quirindi has been a happy hunting ground for Weir over the years, and she touched on the unique features of the North West racecourse and just how to get the job done. 

“I have had a lot of luck at Quirindi over the years,” Weir said.  

“It’s a funny place to ride. You travel up a hill down the back, then you get to the turn, and when straightening, you’re coming downhill.

“I think, going up the hill, you want them travelling comfortably enough in themselves, and then going downhill, you can let them stride along, take advantage of the hill, and get a little roll on.” 

Funnily enough, Weir’s magical day nearly didn’t happen, as she had the option to go to either Quirindi or Taree and luckily, she made the right decision. 

“A few of the horses I had been riding, but they were all for people that have supported me, and I have to thank my manager for organising them,” Weir said. 

“I had the choice to go to Taree or Quirindi, and it was my decision to go there, and that was because the people that were going there supported me.”

Weir has one ride at Wyong on Thursday before seven rides across the two-day Scone Carnival on Friday and Saturday. 

Weir is excited to jump aboard the Mark Minervini-trained Smiling Prophet in the Listed $160,000 Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m)on Saturday. 

“Smiling Prophet’s going well, but it is a Listed fillies and mares race,” Weir said. 

“It will be a lot harder, but she is only carrying 53kg, she’s drawn awkward, but you never know.”

Weir also has a ride in Friday’s $200,000 feature when jumping aboard the Marc Conners-trained Rebel Rama in the Darley Scone Cup (1600m). 

For Quirindi’s results, click here

For Scone’s fields on Friday, click here

For Scone’s fields on Saturday, click here