2014 Warrnambool Cup result - Akzar accelerates away
Rob Nicholson - 1/05/2014
Imported galloper Akzar accelerated away from his rivals in the $200,000 Listed Sungold Milk Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on Thursday giving his trainer Darren Weir his second win in the race and a set of keys to a brand new Mercedes.
Akzar was the heavily supported favourite for the feature and exploded away when jockey Brad Rawiller pressed the button in the straight.
Akzar ($3 fav) romped home to win by six lengths, ahead of Robert Smerdon's WestSouthWest ($14), with the Saab Hasan-trained Shoreham ($21) a further half-length away third.
The win secured the trainer's bonus on offer at Warrnambool for Weir. Akzar was his seventh winner over the three days for the stable.
"It's great, everyone works hard at home and the boys at Warrnambool do a great job,” Weir told TVN. "They are a big part of it and it's a big thrill for everyone.
"He just loves beach life and they've got him worked out, Daniel (Bowman) and his team down at Warrnambool, and he looked fantastic in the yard I thought today.
"People might have thought he looked a bit light, but he looked fit to me. He ran out the trip well and the ground was obviously good for him and Brad rode him to perfection.
"I don't know what we do now, we might head to Brisbane with him but will just enjoy today.”
Brad Rawiller continued his great run with the Weir stable after winning the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville aboard May’s Dream last Saturday.
"Darren keeps doing it time and time again, he did it with May's Dream on Saturday and now he's done it with Akzar,” Rawiller said.
"So many good plans don't necessarily work out but I am rapt for Darren and the connections.
"It couldn't have turned out better, he was going so good and was never going to beaten.”
Nice result for Darren a Mercedes.