Jockey Brad Rawiller booted home Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman x Petit Verdot) to give trainer Darren Weir a century of Melbourne wins for the season in Saturday’s Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600m) at Flemington.
Master Of Arts ($2.70 fav) came from beyond midfield to score a dominant 2 1/4-length win, over Bold Sniper ($7) and Wells ($6) giving Weir a Flemington double after Rawiller steered Killarney Kid ($3 fav) to victory in the VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy (2000m).
Weir has had a tight grip on a third consecutive Melbourne trainers’ premiership for some time but was thrilled Rawiller was involved bringing up his century of victories.
"Brad has been a big part of the team more or less since I’ve had a trainer’s licence,” Weir said.
Rawiller took Master Of Arts forward in the run to the first turn in the $120,000 contest but eased to the second half of the field to gain cover at the 2000m.
Weir said Rawiller won the race when he took Master Of Arts forward to race close to the leaders as the field rounded Flemington’s sweeping bend into the home straight.
"It was a bit tricky early but he got into a nice rhythm and then made a decision at about the 500 to get up around Wells,” Weir said.
"It was a really good move that and the horse was really strong to the line.”
Master of Arts was purchased by Waratah Thoroughbreds from Trelawney Stud's 2013 Inglis Easter draft and is building on impressive form, having won four of his last five starts.