Darren Weir dominates with winning treble at Stawell

STAWELL - Former Stawell-based trainer Darren Weir returned to his old turf to score a winning treble at Monday's race meeting.

His first winner for the afternoon came in the 1300 metre DML Security Fillies and Mares (F&M) Maiden Plate, with Michelle Payne guiding Centauraine to victory.

It was Centauraine's second start following a third placing at Donald last month and he won comfortably, saluting by almost two lengths in front of Danny O'Brien-trained Keep De Rose.

Weir was satisfied by Centauraine's breakthrough.

"He went well and has hit some nice form," he said.

The Ballarat trainer then scored his second win in the next race, the 1300 metre Boronia Peak Villas Maiden Plate.

Brad Rawiller climbed aboard Edge of War in her first up win, however it didn't come easily.

Punter's elect Chicharito got off to a strong start as did Fully Legal, who took an early lead and Edge of War was coming second last with 900 metres to go.

Chicharito overtook Fully Legal with 600 metres remaining with Crying Time moving into third place.

Edge of War then improved in the home straight, racing up to grab the lead ahead of both Fully Legal and Chicharito and the margin widened quickly over the final 100 metres.

The four year old managed to win by 4.3 lengths in front Fully Legal with Chicharito coming in third.

Weir praised Edge of War and was particularly happy with the way the galloper finished.

"The barrier was a bit of a worry (barrier 15) but he trialled well at Ararat last Thursday and brought it here today. He won well, it was good."

Weir teamed up again with Brad Rawiller to win the final race of the day, with punter's elect Showabitofheart taking out the Stawell Drycleaners Handicap.

Following a seventh placing at Bendigo three weeks ago, Showabitofheart dropped a class with Rawiller guiding her to the line by one and a half lengths in front of Close the Door.

It was the mare's third win from 11 starts.

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