Melbourne's top trainer targets Corbould Park race day
RACING: Leading Melbourne trainer Darren Weir is taking aim at the Caloundra Cup and he's eager to see Neverland make the most of the renowned track at Corbould Park.
Weir, who guided Prince of Penzance to a remarkable Melbourne Cup triumph in 2015, is among a host of interstate raiders targeting the Sunshine Coast's biggest race day on Saturday.
He will saddle up a two-time Perth Cup runner-up in the feature event over 2400m.
"I'm happy with the horse, she's going really well," he said.
"Her last start probably looked a little bit disappointing (six lengths sixth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup over 2200m at Doomben on June 10) but she got into a heap of trouble so we've sort of forgiven that.
"Her start before that was okay (a length-and-a-half fifth in the Group 3 Channel Seven Premier's Cup over 2200m at Eagle Farm last month) and we're really looking forward to getting her on a big spacious track and seeing how she goes."
Neverland was previously based in Western Australia, where she showed flashes of brilliance, including a stunning last to second run down the straight in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) in December, when she was pipped by a nose.
She then linked with Weir and has showed some promise.
The five-year-old will be guided by jockey Jye McNeil on Saturday but she received some bad luck on Wednesday, when she drew the widest of 12 barriers for the Listed race.
Weir, who is poised to defend his premiership title in Melbourne, is not the only big-name trainer targeting the Sunshine Coast's top meeting, which also includes the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) and the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
Sydney powerhouse combinations Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and Peter and Paul Snowden will also have runners.
James Cummings will have a presence as will renowned jockey-turned-trainer Darren Beadman.
Many of Queensland's best trainers will feature, including Brisbane premiership frontrunner Tony Gollan.
A strong local contingent will be led by Corbould Park standout Stuart Kendrick.