Yates keen to Weave some magic at Flemington

TWO IN A ROW: Jockey Ben Allen and Bendigo stayer Weave cruise to victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Picture: FAIRFAX MEDIA
TWO IN A ROW: Jockey Ben Allen and Bendigo stayer Weave cruise to victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Picture: FAIRFAX MEDIA

Bendigo trainer Anne Yates is considering running stable star Weave in the $150,000 Bagot Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

The in-form stayer made it two-straight metropolitan wins when he outclassed his rivals in the Bertocchi Christmas Masterpiece Handicap (3000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Yates had planned to send Weave out for a spell after the Moonee Valley run, but such was the ease of his win she might now head for the Listed staying event over 2800m at Flemington on January 1.

“We’ll see how he pulls up in the next few days, but the horse does seem to be in a good place right now,’’ Yates said.

“We’re likely to push on to the Bagot (Handicap). We’re undecided if we’ll run him again before the Bagot.

“We won’t make a decision for a week or so, but given it’s a Listed race over 2800m it’s hard to ignore.

Weave with Ben Allen in the saddle.

Weave with Ben Allen in the saddle.

“The big track gives him a chance to wind up and a lot of the good stayers are out at the moment,’’ Yates said.

“We won’t go there just for the sake of it. If the horse is not right we won’t go.”

Weave, who was ridden well by apprentice hoop Ben Allen on Friday night, has won five races from 22 career starts and cracked the $130,000 mark in prize money.

“There’s a number of Bendigo business people in the ownership of the horse, so it’s good to see them enjoy some success,’’ Yates said.