When 40-1 shot She’s Archie nearly pulled off a huge boilover in the 2003 Melbourne Cup, beating home all bar the mighty Makybe Diva, the four-year-old mare put little-known trainer Darren Weir on the map.
Back then, Ballarat-based Weir was familiar to punters who ploughed Victoria’s provincial circuit in pursuit of winners, but his metropolitan success rate was low. That year, for example, he had only four city winners, and the following season he had none at all.
These days, Weir has a much higher profile: he prepares the Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune, has become a group 1-winning handler and is atop the Melbourne metropolitan trainers’ table.
But he is still closely connected with the mare that almost gave him the biggest prize in Australian racing.
May’s Dream, a daughter of She’s Archie (by New Approach) scored easily in the opening race at Caulfield on Sunday and shapes as a likely chance to allow Weir to tick another career box by giving him his first classic winner, in the Thousand Guineas.
The filly won with a minimum of fuss under Nick Hall, running down the David Hayes-trained Bulbula in the straight to score in the manner of a progressive filly and gain her second win in four starts. It was the first winner in a treble on the day for Hall, who has a high opinion of the lightly raced three-year-old.
Weir will press on to the Guineas, for which May’s Dream is among the main challengers to the favourite, Guelph. But the trainer’s only concern is that May’s Dream is a small filly and a late foal and she may not stand up to the rigours of a demanding spring campaign.
”She began better than expected and Nick gave her a beautiful ride and she was really strong to the line,” Weir said after she won over 1400 metres in a small field on Sunday. ”The Thousand Guineas is the plan … the only query is that she is a November foal, and looking at her in the yard, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of her.”
May’s Dream is the third foal of She’s Archie, whose name still brings a smile to Weir. ”She’s Archie came along at the right time in my career. She was a great horse to us and it’s great to get one out of her that looks as though it’s got a bit of potential.”
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