Weir looks west to build carnival arsenal
SEVERAL of Darren Weir's big race contenders in Adelaide this weekend are also on trial to join stablemate Gailo Chop in a Queensland winter campaign.
Gailo Chop is on target for the Doomben Cup, but he's unlikely to run in Saturday's Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast.
Gailo Chop's most recent run was a second to Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 14.
"Gailo Chop is our main Doomben Cup horse but I would think he probably doesn't need to run before then. A month between runs won't hurt him," Weir said on Radio TAB's Past The Post.
"That looks a good race for him, on speed, weight-for-age, hopefully a little bit of give in the ground.
"He's pulled up well since his couple of Sydney runs."
Weir's team for Queensland is likely to be determined by the next three weeks in Adelaide.
"You target a few horses and they might go by the wayside," he said.
"Gailo Chop, Peaceful State (Queensland Guineas), there's a couple of other three-year-olds and then depending how the three-year-old fillies get through Adelaide.
"Whispering Brook and Quilista can come up for the Tatts Tiara depending how they run in Adelaide."
Weir has three nominations for Saturday's Group 1 Schweppes Oaks, including Flemington Anzac Day winner Think Bleue.
"She will come on from that because she's had a pretty easy month, so we're looking forward to seeing her in the Oaks," he said.
Dual Sydney stakes winner Quilista and former WA mare Whispering Brook will run in the UBET Classic.
"They had a maintenance gallop Friday and they will have a real good gallop at Terang (Monday) and they are in great shape," Weir said.
Weir has 16 acceptors for Tuesday's Warrnambool carnival opener and 27 and 35 nominations respectively for Wednesday and Thursday.
"I hope there's not 35 (that will run). I didn't know that to be honest," he said.
"My racing manager handles that side of it.
"We normally have one or two runners in most races. We will have plenty of runners and hopefully they run well I guess."