Weir runners booked for Queensland trip

Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir now has airfreight bookings for his three runners for the $650,000, Group 1 WFA Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday and three other runners for the Queensland Winter Carnival.

The stable had El Divino and Sooboog contact travel sickness after being floated from Victoria to Queensland last week with both scratched from the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 last Saturday.

However the stable has to wait until final freight plans are known before space becomes available for the horses with freight the priority on each night's fights.

Weir also has plans for three of his horses - Articus, Amelie's Star and Star Exhibit - to tackle Saturday's Doomben Cup over 2000 metres.

Chris Calthorpe, who runs Air Horse Transport, says he's remaining optimistic the stable's runners can get to Brisbane.

"We're quietly confident without guaranteeing they'll get up there," Calthorpe told RSN927 on Tuesday.

"If all the stars align hopefully we can get some of Darren's horses away tonight and the rest on Thursday morning and then try and get some other trainers up there on Friday morning.

"We're flying with Qantas and the way the situation is, we are booked and we touch base with the airline around 9.30-10 o'clock tonight to make sure they have not been inundated with freight.

"If that all goes to plan the horses will be at the airport at midnight."

There were heads 36 nominations on Monday for the Doomben Cup with acceptances taken on Wednesday.

Darren Weir, picture