Trainer Marc Conners will keep the faith and reward jockey Mikayla Weir with her maiden Group 1 ride aboard Rebel Rama in next Saturday’s Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Eagle Farm.
Weir partnered Rebel Rama to a last start success in a 2000m event at Rosehill on May 22 and Conners confirmed on Sunday his plans to retain her services for the Group 1.
It shapes as an enormous opportunity for Weir, who has only ever had six rides in stakes races and ridden mainly in the NSW country since completing her apprenticeship.
She sits equal 13th in the NSW statewide jockeys’ premiership this season with 68 winners for the campaign.
Weir rides at Gunnedah on Sunday and will be heading to Port Macquarie on Monday and Scone on Tuesday for riding engagements.
Mikayla Weir. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
But she will make the shift to the big stage come Saturday afternoon to ride at the Brisbane Winter Carnival to partner Conners’ in-form filly in her winter grand final.
“We are going to stick with Mikayla Weir, she did nothing wrong the other day and I think she deserves to keep the ride,” Conners said.
“The horse has come through the run fantastic. She will have her final gallop on Tuesday morning and we will head up Wednesday night.
“I am not going to say it‘s been an ideal preparation and we’ve had to space her runs to keep her nice and fresh but she is still going good.”
Rebel Rama is rated a $15 contender with TAB fixed odds for the Queensland Oaks with the final field set to be declared on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Conners went within a whisker of claiming a city win at Randwick on Saturday with promising filly Winning Verse.
The daughter of Winning Rupert was run down late by Park Avenue in a two-year-old Handicap to open the card and will now head for a spell.
“She looks to be a filly with a bit of a future but it‘s getting a bit late now and we want to give her a chance in the spring,” Conners said.
Originally published asNSW country hoop earns first Group 1 ride
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