Top trainers vie for Swettenham Summer Championship

Leading trainers Darren Weir and Peter Moody earned maximum points in the second and third legs of the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship on the weekend.

Weir won with Prince Of Penzance (Pentire) at Moonee Valley on Saturday and Moody claimed the last black-type event of the year when Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit) struck at Mornington on Sunday.

They earned 10 points to join Floatmyboat (Pins) who won the opening heat of the series at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

PRINCE OF PENZANCE settled 20 lengths off the leaders at Moonee Valley before storming home to win the Sportingbet Best Tote Plus Hcp (1600m).  “We want to tackle some of the summer cups with him,” Weir said.  “This is the first steps towards the Mornington Cup.”

The $100,000 Swettenham Stud Championship Final will be run at Caulfield on February 1 leading into the $350,000 Mornington Cup which is scheduled for February 12.

OREGON SPIRIT returned to form in the LR Equiano Speed Yearlings Lord Stakes (1600m) at Mornington on Sunday.  “His first two runs this preparation were pretty average but he was very impressive today,” jockey Daniel Stackhouse said.  “I got a nice run through and rode him hands and heels to the line.”

Oregon Spirit is a younger half-brother to G2 Perth Cup winner Talent Show (Jeune) and has won 8 times in 36 starts for former champion jockey Bob Skelton.

Skelton trained their dam Oregon Seal to a Group 3 Tesio Stakes victory at Moonee Valley.  She was mated with Swettenham sire Bianconi in her first two seasons at stud and foaled the winners Geegee Ryder and Special K.

The Swettenham Stud Summer Championship continues at Flemington on January 1 and Caulfield on January 4.  There are two heats over 1400m and 1600m programmed for Caulfield this Saturday and Floatmyboat has been nominated for both by trainer Robbie Griffiths.

More information on the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship is available here