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Weir turns to jumps for Masterstroke
24 Jun 2016

Australia's leading trainer Darren Weir is confident the old trick of some jumps schooling will get Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman x Petit Verdot) back on the winners' list at Flemington on Saturday.

The Warrnambool Cup winner was beaten last time out by Bold Sniperat Sandown on May 28, but has since twice trialled over the obstacles - winning a six-horse trial at Burrumbeet on Wednesday.

While Weir said he has no intentions of racing the four-year-old entire over the jumps he was nonetheless pretty confident the son of Mastercraftsman will benefit from the experience this Saturday as he tries to turn the tables on the Queen's horse in the Wimmera and Murray Mallee Handicap (2520m).

"I reckon he's the best of the three," Weir told Racing.com's Racing Ahead on RSN 927 of his opinion of his three starters in the race, the others being Falago and Gingerboy.

"He had a hurdle school on Wednesday - he really enjoyed it, and it really did him well.

"He came out of it well, and I reckon it'll do the horse good.

"Looking forward to seeing whether it helps him or not.

"I think it's great for them, to change their training regime a bit.

"Most horses love to jump, and we do quite a bit of jumping with our horses." -racing.com