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Mikayla Weir’s ‘four-some’ day at the track


Mikayla Weir snared her treble after just four races at Taree today when she booted home French Factor, a good winner of the $22,000 Kennards Hire Taree Maiden Handicap (1250m).

The Hunter Valley apprentice had secured victories with Roman Candle and Arewerichenuff earlier in the day (12 February) for trainers Paul Perry and Angela Graham and notched her trifecta when saluting with French Factor for Belford’s Todd Howlett.

“How good is Mikayla riding,” he asked of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s Gary Kliese.

He had answered his own query earlier when postulating: “She’s riding well”.

“I’m really proud of her.”

Weir was delighted with the treble and added she’d had the “chance to gallop French Factor on Tuesday morning”.

“I really enjoyed it, she was very casual,” she said of the three-year-old daughter of The Factor.

She had given the filly “a little dig out of the barriers” and French Factor did the rest to record her first win at her second start.

Howlett believes there is plenty more to come from her as well.

“She’s a really nice filly,” he said.

“She’ll get further and go on with it.

“I think she will keep improving and I believe she’ll get down to the Highways.”

Weir then made it four winners when she piloted What’s Onemore perfectly to claim the Class 1/Maiden Plate (1600m) and land Graham her first double as a trainer.

She had the victor well-positioned, third on the rails behind leader Telfer, and bullocked her way through, between Telfer and Underboss, to snare the fourth leg of her winning day.

“She really dug deep,” Graham said of her three-year-old filly.

Weir then chased a fifth winner with She’s Independent in the Country Champs @ Taree Benchmark 66 Handicap (1250m) but had to settle for second when the Nick Mitchell-trained Rumpshaker proved too strong.

Mitchell thought Lee Magorrian’s ride was the difference.

“A good positive ride,” he said.

“Had him in a good spot around the back.”

Rumpshaker has now won three of his 15 starts and “is going good”.

  • by Geoff Newling

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