Weir Unlikely to be Represented in 2015 Hobart Cup

February 2nd, 2015

A four-time winner of the feature race in Tasmania, trainer Darren Weir has revealed notable stayers Akzar and Tooleybuc Kid will not make the trip south for the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 9th.

Akzar will not contest the 2015 Hobart Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Akzar will not contest the 2015 Hobart Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing several commendable results for Weir in 2014, Akzar stamped his claims as a serious staying contender when charging home to win the featured Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on May 1st; progressing to a credible fourth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and fifth in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m).

Steadily building to the task this time in, Tooleybuc Kid ran fifth in a minor over 1400m first-up, and while luckless when blocked for a run and seventh in the Woodford Cup (1700m) on December 28th, has since placed fifth amongst classy company in the Piping Lane Handicap (200m) and third in the Doriemus Handicap (2000m); both at Flemington Saturday meets.

Pleased with the condition of both runners leading into February, Weir told Racing Victoria he does not thing either runner is quite up to scratch to successfully contest the 2015 Hobart Cup at this stage of their current campaigns.

“Both horses have pulled up fine but I just don’t think they ran well enough to justify the trip,” Weir said.

“Akzar is still heading towards the (Group 2) Adelaide Cup (3200m) and we’ll just try and win a race with Tooleybuc Kid.”

Securing eight wins and a further 13 minor places over his 40 start career so far, Akzar placed fifth in the Listed Master Yearlings Heat 2 Stakes (1600m) first-up this time; progressing to second in the Comedy King Handicap (1600m) on January 10th before placing fifth in the Doriemus Handicap over the weekend.

Claiming four wins of his own in a 22 start career which has also included an impressive 11 minor place finishes, Tooleybuc Kid has form around several notable stayers over the last year, but will benefit from finding the line in the clear, having not won a race since April.

Saddling True Courser (2006m), Offenbach (2008), Gotta Keep Cool (2009) and Hurdy Gurdy Man (2013m) to Hobart Cup success, Weir said he is unlikely to be represented in the feature race in 2015.

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