Darren Weir wins first Launceston Cup with Big Duke

Feb 23, 2017

Favourite Big Duke ended a frustrating run for Darren Weir when he won the $200,000 Launceston Cup at Mowbray on Wednesday.

Victoria’s leading trainer has been trying for years to win the race but said most of his previous runners had “gone s...house.”

“I reckon I’ve had five or six runners at least and the closest I’ve come was a second (with Field Master),” Weir said.

Big Duke, ridden by apprentice Ben Allen, reversed the Hobart Cup result when he scored by a length from local hero Count Da VInci.

Victorian outsider Tuff Bickie was a close third, just ahead of Settler’s Stone who produced a huge run after missing the start.

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