The popular punting adage ‘back Weir, drink beer’ has gained significant momentum in recent years, and for good reason.
Maintaining his leading Victorian Metro Trainer Premiership title since 2013/14, the Weir juggernaut capped off the most recent season with a tally of 490 winners, including nine individual Group 1 wins. Rightly so, backing Weir seems an obvious thing to do.
With $1.572 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney earned by his stable in 2017/2018, Darren Weir was a mile in front of his Victorian training counterparts, $865,000 more than his nearest rival Lindsay Park!
Having also won the title last year with a record haul, Weir can surely lay claim to being the most successful VOBIS trainer of all time.
His draft of VOBIS nominated horses included the Epona Park bred, Snitzepeg, who bagged $127,500 in VOBIS returns.
While Weir didn’t have the VOBIS banner horse this past racing season as he has in the past with Burning Front and Trust In A Gust, he had a stable full of 2YOs, 3YOs and older horses who were able to secure VOBIS bonuses and VOBIS Gold prizemoney right across the state.
His best VOBIS earner was the Epona Park bred Snitzepeg who took out the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Reef at Caulfield on the last day of the racing season.
Other Weir trained horses to have earned more than $50,000 in VOBIS dollars included Iconoclasm, Golden Script, Cliff’s Edge and Kiwia.
With a massive $24 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney on offer this racing season, Weir says all horses in the stable are signed up to VOBIS where possible, even those raced by overseas owners.
“It’s a no-brainer for us to nominate all our yearlings to the VOBIS scheme as the benefits are fantastic no matter what level or quality the horse is,” Weir explains.
“With that in mind, it’s a great incentive scheme for all types of owners in a racehorse as, although it’s a one-off payment, the rewards are reaped for years to come.
“(VOBIS) certainly encourages us and our owners to purchase Victorian-bred horses at sales, as it’s a genuine and valuable scheme to be part of.
“We will have a lot of two-year-olds eligible for the new $1 million Showdown race and April is a great time of year for plenty of them to target, so we are looking forward to having a crack,” he said.
Based on his track-record, all well-educated punters should know the sensible thing to do when backing Weir is to look for the VOBIS logo!