Kerry Weir targets elusive Tumbarumba Cup

Kerry Weir and his team are in for two big days of racing at Wagga today and Tumbarumba tomorrow.

Kerry Weir won a Tumbarumba Cup as a jockey way back in 1986, but he’s been unable to repeat the feat as a trainer.

On Saturday, the Tumut-based conditioner will look to change that, with Red Hill contesting the $18,000 event.

“I won it on a horse called Mister Stubby,” Weir told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“I rode for Richard Freyer, and the horse I was on was 10/1, and the outsider, and it was the only ride I ever had for him.

“I don’t think he was happy when I won because they backed the other one that Jodie Bohr was on.”

Weir has trained winners and Tumbarumba, describing it as a ‘horses for courses’ type of racecourse. 

“We’ve had a few winners there, but you need the right horse to take; otherwise, there’s no reason to go,” Weir said. 

“I rode a lot of winners there as a jockey, and it’s a bit up and down, and they go the Victorian way, and certain horses just won’t go there.”

Josh Richards will ride Red Hill (gate 4), and Weir said the plan was for the pair to take up the running and play ‘catch me if you can’. 

“He leads in all his races, and that won’t be any different at Tumbarumba,” Weir said. 

“He should handle the Victorian way of going; he gets worked that way at home once a week, but like all horses, you don’t know until you try, and we’ll find out on Saturday.”

On a big day at Tumbarumba, Weir has Pretty Extreme (gate 5) set to contest the Benchmark 50 Handicap (1200m) and Lightening Blaze (gate 2) to go around in the Class Two Handicap (1400m). 

“Josh Richards is riding all of mine, and we should be in for a good day if they handle it,” Weir said. 

“I thought Lightening Blaze would suit the place; he leads and rails like a greyhound, and I believe Tumbarumba will suit him.

“Plus, he’s a little horse, and there’s not much of him, and he should be in that top two coming around the turn, which is where you want to be.” 

It’s a busy two days for the stable, with Weir in Wagga today (Friday) for the Australia Day meeting. 

Montido (Kayla Nisbet, gate 5) takes on the Country Boosted Maiden Handicap (1000m), Laurel Hill (Jack Martin, gate 4) is in the Country Boosted Class Two Handicap (1400m), and Agrimony (Kayla Nisbet, gate 4) and Horace (Jess Taylor, gate 7) will do battle in the Australia Day Cup (2000m).

“Horace will go alright in the 2000m race,” Weir said.

“He drops a lot of weight, gets in on the minimum, and he hit the line nicely last start and should get his chance over a bit more distance. 

“Laurel Hill just needs another run, and this is the right race for her at the moment.”