Dean Yendall and Darren Weir enhanced their reputation as one of Victoria’s most lethal country jockey/trainer combinations at Mildura on Monday.
Yendall, Victoria’s leading jockey, and Weir, the state’s highest-ranked regional trainer, teamed to win half the card.
The duo, who combined to win last month’s Swan Hill Cup with Can Do, put an early stamp on the day with a running double in races two and three, before claiming two of the last three races.
They produced first-starter Binjai ($5) to score a barnstorming win in the Trentham Estate Plate Maiden Plate (1400m), before backing up with $1.90 favourite Pure Fantasy in the Sunraysia Daily Maiden Plate (1000m).
Weir and Yendall had to settle for an eighth placing with Tortured in Race 4, but bounced back two races later with Perian Moon.
The Fusaichi Pegasus four-year-old ($4) was last and under pressure on the home turn in the Sunraysia Daily Handicap (1400m), but unleashed a barnstorming burst to power over the top of his 0-68 rivals.
Schabacle could manage only third in Race 7, but Weir and Yendall were back in the winner’s circle after the last, the Christmas Party Races Friday 19/12 Handicap with Lucidus.
The filly sent punters home happy, scoring a comfortable win as a $2.20 favourite.
The haul enhanced Horsham-based Yendall’s standing at the top of the Victorian Jockeys’ Premiership, with 143.5 wins to his name.
Weir has the unstoppable force that is Peter Moody (169.5 wins) to contend with in the Victorian Trainers’ Premiership, but 111.5 wins for the season have the Ballarat horseman in second place, clear of Mick Price and Lee Freedman.