Ballarat trainer Darren Weir chasing more Jack Maher Classic success

Wodonga trainer Craig Widdison was emotional when Willi Willi won the Albury Gold Cup and he'll be chasing more Border success in the Jack Maher Classic.
Wodonga trainer Craig Widdison was emotional when Willi Willi won the Albury Gold Cup and he'll be chasing more Border success in the Jack Maher Classic.

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir will look to retain the Jack Maher Classic title at Wodonga on Saturday.

Malevolent will contest the $27,000 2YO race over 1200m after Prevailing Winds snared last year’s title.

“He’s had the two runs, but didn’t really like the wet ground at Kerang on debut, but was much better at Benalla, where he got on top of the ground there (to finish second),” racing manager Simon McCartin said.

“There’s also terrific prizemoney, if he can manage to win it.

He’s had the two runs, but didn’t really like the wet ground at Kerang on debut, but was much better at Benalla, where he got on top of the ground there (to finish second).

Simon McCartin

“He’s a horse that’s probably never going to be too far away.

“I’d imagine if there’s a couple that want to role forward, he’d just tuck in behind them I’d say.”

Ten horses will contest the feature race, with four to debut.

Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland’s Our Romeo is the most experienced with seven starts.

Hometown trainers Peter Maher (Spanish Poet) and Craig Widdison (Banger) will be the sentimental favourites.