High Church is the 2017 Warrnambool Cup Winner

May 4th, 2017

High Church has completed and outstanding performance to win the 2017 Listed Warrnambool Cup (2400m) this afternoon; beating closest rival Observational by more than five lengths.

Punters rallied around the Darren Weir-trained gelding in the hours leading up to jump and he did his chances of justifying the trend no harm when jumping well and taking an ideal position off the pace of early leaders Survived, Super Mover and Youl Dash For Cash.

Settling into an ideal rhythm and experiencing a carefree run in transit, the son of High Chaparral trucked into the race rounding onto the final straight before producing a huge turn of foot; leaving his rivals for dead in what was an all-round dominant performance.

Trainer Darren Weir saddled a fourth-consecutive Warrnambool Cup winner in High Church this afternoon and revealed a race like the Listed Caloundra Cup (2350m) during the forthcoming Brisbane Winter Carnival is likely to figure as his next major goal.

“The horses have got to be in the right order obviously and the crew down here at the ‘Bool have done a great job,” Weir said.

“We targeted this race a while ago and got him here in great shape.

“His action suggested he’d appreciate a bit of give in the ground. When you work him on firm tracks, he doesn’t quite work as well as he does on a track with a bit of cut in it.

“He just got into a nice rhythm out the back and at the 600m mark when he started travelling in and we knew he was going to get into the nice part of the track, you sort of knew he’d be right in the finish with them.

“Those good staying races over the Brisbane Carnival; not at the top end, but like a Caloundra Cup and that sort of race would be nice to set him for.”

In being crowned the 2017 Warrnambool Cup winner, High Church has posted an impressive record of six wins and eight minors, through twenty-six starts.