HOW do you manage to win more than $3.8 million in prizemoney in a season without training a Group 1 winner?
Darren Weir puts it down to hard work.
Regarded as the “man who never sleeps” in Victorian racing, Weir has ended another stellar season as one of the leading trainers in Victoria.
His 174 winners in the 2011-12 season ranked him up there with the best.
In fact, he was only behind Peter Moody and Peter Snowden on the national premiership.
So if he’s not producing Group 1 winners, what makes Darren Weir so successful?
To put it simply, he’s the king of the country.
There aren’t many racetracks in Victoria that Darren Weir won’t visit.
Whether it’s Flemington on Melbourne Cup day or the non-TAB meeting at Penshurst on Boxing Day, you can bet Weir will have a runner there if he’s got a horse suitable.
Suitable is a key word, too.
It’s rare that Weir’s horses “need a run”.
Although “DK” has plenty of starters, you don't see too many of them finish far from the front.
In Victoria this season, Weir had 989 starters and 532 made it into the TAB’s exotics.
So if you are a punter who likes to bet on a first-four, make sure you don’t leave out a Darren Weir-trained horse, because he gets them to run in the top four more than 50 per cent of the time.
Speaking to Melbourne Racing yesterday, Weir said he was driven by the fact he can continue to train more winners.
“I don’t set any numbers for goals, I just want to keep training more winners,” he said.
“I’d like be training more Group horses, but I just try and get the best out of what I’ve got.”