Weir’s prizemoney haul revealed
DARREN Weir didn't break his own records, he shattered them.
And the burgeoning multimillion-dollar Weir juggernaut was showing no signs of slowing, that was until he was handed a four-year disqualification from racing.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season Weir's prizemoney earnings snowballed year after year but it was the 2015-16 season - which included his celebrated Melbourne Cup triumph with $101 longshot Prince of Penzance - when his stable's fortunes exploded.
Weir had accumulated an astounding $133 million in prizemoney in the past decade but more than $96,716,160 of that was won in the last 3½ years.
In that Melbourne Cup-winning season of 2015-16, Weir won double the prizemoney ($21,821,030 to $10,911,250) and Group 1s (six to three) from the previous season.
Prince Of Penzance netted connections $3.8 million with his Cup upset.
He also breezed past 300 winners after falling short of that mark in 2014-15.
Weir became the first to train more than 400 winners in 2016-17, which he achieved again the following year, and continued to chalk up more prizemoney and Group 1 victories than the season before.
With 265 winners and $18 million in prizemoney before his expulsion from the sport, Weir looked on track of surpassing his Commonwealth record of 491 winners and $31 million.
SOURCE: Racing and Sports