Tumut trainer set for two-pronged attack on Young Cup

Tumut jockey Megan Creed with Kerry Weir’s runners Foxlike and Billo Road.

Kerry Weir’s affinity with the Young Cup will continue on Saturday, with the Tumut trainer setting both Foxlike and Billo Road for the $11,000 feature race. 

Weir won the last edition of the Young Cup, with Bondo greeting the judge first in 2019, while in 2017, Go Get ‘Em got the job done, before running a game fourth in 2018.

In fact, Weir has trained six horses to win Young Turf Club’s 1600m feature event, while during his days as a jockey, he also rode his way to a Young Cup victory.

“The meeting just falls at the right time of year for us,” Weir said. 

“Our winter our horses are coming back in and summer horses are going out and it falls at the right time for a lot of our horses.”

Weir said a ‘testing’ straight and undulating course made it a tough race to win. 

“It suits horses that race on the lead, there is a bit of a uphill section and a downhill,” Weir said. 

“It’s a pretty testing track down the straight and a long run home, so you need to be strong.”

Weir doesn’t have a jockey lined up for Foxlike at this stage, while stable hoop, Megan Creed is set to ride Billo Road. 

While he struggled to split them, Weir was leaning towards Foxlike.

“He will get the run of the race, he’ll go back and power home,” Weir said. 

“Plus, he has had one start at the track for one win.”

Weir wasn’t writing off Billo Road just yet, after his galloper won the Hillston Cup three starts ago before finishing third in the Leeton Cup.

The six-year-old was then outclassed in a very tough Benchmark 66 at Wagga during the Gold Cup carnival, but put in a good effort to finish 4.59 lengths off the eventual winner. 

“Don’t get wrong, Billo (Road) is going good, but I thought the race would pan out better for the other fella,” Weir said. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he won, his runs at Leeton and Hillston were first class and this race isn’t too strong.”

Either way, Weir believed he had two leading chances come Saturday.

“They both can win,” Weir said. 

“They both went around at the Wagga Cup carnival, and they were out of their depth and needed the run, but they weren’t disgraced and this race should suit.”

Weir could also take Touchable Witness to Young on Saturday, with his three-year-old drawing gate five and the services of Megan Creed in the 1300m Maiden Plate, although connections are considering their options, as he is also drawn in gate four in the 1280m Maiden Handicap at Canberra on Friday. 

“He may be going to Young, but he is also in at Canberra and it will be up to the owners,” Weir said. 

In a big day of racing at Young, Gundagai trainer Dave Blundell also has 2020 Gundagai Cup winner, Monkery set to contest the Young Cup. 

The known mudlark might not enjoy the firmer ground, but connections have drawn well with gate one, while apprentice hoop Amy McLucas is on board, offering a two-kilogram claim. 

The Young Turf Club meeting will kick off at 12.10pm, with a strong seven-race-card keeping racing fans and punters entertained. 

There will be local and interstate races on show and a free bus leaving the Young Hotel and Australian Hotel 12pm. 

There is also entertainment, a best dressed male and female on the day, while entry to the races is $15 for adults, $10 for pensioners $10 and kids are free.