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A snapshot of trainer Darren Weir’s career

DARREN WEIR

* Born in Berriwillock in the Mallee district of country Victoria.

* Left school at 15 to begin work as a horse-breaker, trackrider and farrier gaining experience with Jack Coffey in Birchip, John Castleman in Mildura and Lindsay Park at Angaston in South Australia.

* In 1995 he took out an owner-trainer licence and was at Stawell before taking out a full licence in 1997 and moving to his base at Ballarat racecourse in Miners Rest in 2001. He now has training bases at Ballarat, Warrnambool and Baringhup.

* In 2005 won his first Victorian country trainers’ premiership before becoming first country-based trainer to win the Melbourne trainers’ premiership in 2013-14, the first of five successive titles.

* In season 2016-17 became first to train more than 400 Australian winners, winning 449 races, surpassing that in 2017-18 with 491 victories for prize money of more than $31 million.

* This season has trained 265 winners, 92 more than second-placed Chris Waller, earning almost $19 million prize money.

* Has trained 36 Group One winners, the first being She’s Archie in the 2002 South Australian Oaks.

* Won the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince Of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne.

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