Hometown trainer makes Boxing Day races his own

THE partnership of trainer Kerry Weir and jockey Simon Miller dominated at Tumut on Saturday, winning two consecutive races.The pair was engaged in all five races and managed to claim wins in races three and four.Six-year-old gelding Volts came out in front by more than two lengths in the A. Murray & Sons Benchmark 57 Handicap (1400m), capping off a successful day for all involved.Weir said the stable was confident leading into the race following on from some recent good form.”He has won two from his last four starts,” said Weir.”He has won one at Tumut so we are happy with how he was running.”Volts entered the race as clear favourite due to heavy backing by the punters and was carrying 58 kilograms on his back, the top weight in the nine-horse field.Miller has a long history with the gelding, stretching back to 2006 and has claimed a win four times out of seven starts on his back.Weir said the heavy rainfall prior to the meeting helped the horse on the day.”We were happy to see the rain,” he said.”It softened the track and took the sting out of it which is better for his running style.”Volts started well from barrier six, jumping straight to the lead and holding his field position all throughout the race.Weir says Gundagai is next on the calendar for Volts, as the six-year-old will line up on New Year’s Day to try his luck.Comeback jockey Miller and Weir have been a force in Southern District racing in recent months.
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