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Another Toorak for Weir

Darren Weir landed his fourth Toorak Handicap (1600m) in five years when progressive entire Land Of Plenty easily accounted for his rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 feature at Caulfield.

And it came courtesy of a perfectly-timed ride from Damian Lane, who sent Land Of Plenty back to near-last from barrier 18 before making a winning run on the back of eventual placegetter Siege Of Quebec from the 600m.

The five-year-old thundered down the centre of the track and took the lead inside the final 150m, racing away to beat 59kg-topweight Hartnell by just over a length, with another half-length back to Siege of Quebec.

Weir, who had previously won the Toorak Handicap with Trust In A Gust (2014), Lucky Hussler (2016) and Tosen Stardom (2017), said it was a relief to win a Group 1 with the horse after his narrow placing behind Jungle Cat in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last start.

"He was set for these races, the Rupert Clarke and the Toorak, so it's good that he's been able to get one of them for the owners," Weir said.

"He's still a colt and a great sort of horse and they (owners) were hoping to win a Group 1.

"He had a good preparation last time and he ended up winning a mile race during the Adelaide Carnival so I said to them then that we should chuck him in the paddock and head towards the spring and aim at these handicap races.

"We'll probably go to the mile race (Cantala Stakes) at Flemington."

For Lane, it was back-to-back Toorak Handicap wins after success aboard Tosen Stardom last year.

Land of Plenty and Damien Lane, picture Quentinjlang.com

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