Caulfield trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s new stable acquisition Land Of Plenty has had minimal change to his routine in the lead up to the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Darren Weir castoff ended up under the care of Maher and Eustace after the premiership winning trainer was rubbed out for four years by Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board for serious offences.
Land Of Plenty worked his way up through the ranks under Weir and joined the Group 1 winner’s club with a win in the $500,000 Aquis Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Land Of Plenty has had one run back from a spell for an eye catching third to his then stablemate Whispering Brook in the Group 2 $200,000 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on January 25.
Maher said that Land Of Plenty along with another of Weir castoffs Voodoo Lad, have stayed at Warrnambool where they were stabled and won’t come to Melbourne until race day on Saturday.
Voodoo Lad is set to take his place in the Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
“They usually train at Warrnambool for Darren so we kept them in the same sort of routine,” Maher told racing.com.
“They galloped on Monday at Terang and they will tick over now at the beach and come up for the races on Saturday.”
“They are obviously in great condition and the reports were they have both come up really well.”
“We will keep them in a similar routine to what they are in.”
“Voodoo, he likes to be nice and fresh and just go off the pony and walk in the water and Land Of Plenty will trot and canter on the beach.”
“They are both fit and well and pretty right to go.”
Land Of Plenty has drawn barrier eleven in the fifteen horse C.F. Orr Stakes field with Damian Lane booked to ride and the five year old is on the second line of betting at $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au behind the James Cummings trained Kementari at $3.40.