Weir lands Quirindi treble

Mikayla Weir. Photo: Racing Photography.

Mikayla Weir was on fire at Quirindi races on Tuesday, riding the first three winners on the program. 

Weir kicked off the meeting in fine fashion, booting home a winner on the George Woodward trained Septimus Severus in the 2000m Maiden/Class One Handicap. 

It was a good ride by the young jockey, who took the 17/1 shot to the front with 800m to go, before the pair snuck away from their rivals on the corner, winning well in the end.

“It was a good win,” Weir said. 

“In the first race, I didn’t think he had much hope, it was his first time over the trip and when the speed come out of the race, I saw one go forward and I thought I would go to.

“It was a daring move but it worked out well.”

The second event was the 1600m Class Three Handicap and Weir guided the Paul Perry trained Theo Legion to a comfortable victory. 

The pair were gifted a soft run up front before careering away for a nearly three-length victory.

“The one in the second for Paul Perry, he was always going to run well. His run at Wyong was good, but it wasn’t an ideal run,” Weir said. 

“He had the blinkers on that day, and I was hoping he would have the blinkers off, and I thought in a race like that, he would be hard to beat and that’s what happened.”

Weir secured her treble in the third race, the 1450m Maiden Handicap, when winning on Tamlika for Sean Blayden.

It was a special win for connections, with the well-supported galloper giving Blayden his first winner as a trainer.

“I didn’t think it had much of a hope, but they told me before I rode it that she had been backed in from 30/1 to 5/1,” Weir said.

“I had never ridden for Sean before, and he said she had been jumping out well.

“She jumped well, and it allowed me to get to the outside of the track and she was well beat at the furlong, but she kicked back and got her nose in front, and we got the win.”

 The Quirindi track itself played a little different after being downgraded to a heavy surface during the day and jockeys were found chasing the better going on the outside fence.

“It was a bit of a shock. It didn’t walk like it was heavy but in the first race over the 2000m, it was a lot heavier than expected,” Weir said. 

“The outside of the track was heaps better. It was pretty much where the ambulance track was.”

Weir’s treble adds to a personal best tally in 2020/21, with the young hoop nearing the 80-win barrier.

“This is the most winners I’ve ever ridden,” Weir said.

“I’m rapt with 79, I thought 70 wins would have been good and hopefully I can get to 80 and mark another goal of the list.”

Weir, who is based with Todd Howlett, said 2021/22 wouldn’t look too different, although the in-form jockey was hoping that more opportunities to ride winners were on the horizon.

“I won’t be changing much. I will stay with Todd as long as he needs me and will still be doing the same thing and hopefully opening some new doors,” Weir said.