Darren Weir is set to make a big splash at Magic Millions Race Day with Mahuta and Lucky Hussler

DARREN Weir is set to make a big splash at his first foray into the Magic Millions race day, with Guineas favourite Mahuta to be joined by dual Group 1-winning stablemate Lucky Hussler.

Mahuta galloped between races at Warrnambool on Sunday and will have a jumpout next Monday and provided Weir is pleased with what he sees, he will then fly to the Gold Coast.

Toorak winner Lucky Hussler will join Mahuta on the trek north, seeking redemption in the Magic Millions Cup.

“I think this will be my first crack at Magic Millions day,” the Melbourne Cup winning Weir said. “The prizemoney is so good, it’s hard to ignore.”

Flying Spur colt Mahuta has won four straight, capped by the Group 3 Carbine Club and Group 2 Sandown Guineas at the tail end of the spring carnival.

He has been kept fresh since at Weir’s beach property.

Mahuta could be joined by dual Group 1-winning stablemate Lucky Hussler


“We ummed and arred over this or the Australian Guineas, because it’s a pretty tough ask to expect him to do both and in the end we opted to have a crack at the $2 million race.

“That said, he has to be spot on, because it’s no good going to a race if you are not right, regardless of what money is on offer.

“He has had a trial the clockwise way and to be honest, he didn’t trial that great, but the jock said he was all right once he got on his right leg so I’m not reading too much into it.”

Lucky Hussler has won the William Reid and Toorak at Group 1 level since going to Weir and is set to return home to try and secure a big win on home turf for his Gold Coast owners the Makauskas family.

He ran on Magic Millions day in 2013 in the Guineas and again a year later in the MM Cup, finishing 11th both times.

His record since is far superior.


Glen Boss salutes aboard smart sprinter Lucky Hussler


“He’s going to get plenty of weight but he’s earned it, plus he’s a gelding and there’s good prizemoney, so it’s a good race for him,” Weir said.

“The owners were obviously keen to go and he comes off a really good spring carnival.

“The one little downside is that he didn’t get long off after the spring and I’m just hoping that doesn’t count against him.”

Weir took great satisfaction out of the first up win of Signoff at Caulfield on Saturday, when he won at long odds and beat stable newcomer Lidari.

“It was great, but unexpected,” Weir said. “We were keener on the other one (Lidari) at the each way.

“It’s nice to see them run well and they are both in good shape heading forward. The Adelaide Cup is the aim for Signoff, while the owners are keen to have a crack at the Australian Cup with Lidari, although I’m not sure he’s quite up to that.”


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby  Courier Mail


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