About: Darren Weir

Darren left school at age 15 and quickly sought to learn and experience all he could about horses furthermore also what makes them tick. As one who is always seeking ways to learn and improve his knowledge, Darren worked for various trainers. These trainers included  Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park.

Taking out his own trainer’s licence in 1995 aged 25, when based at Stawell. Since training his first winner shortly after. Darren also quickly earned himself a reputation for being an astute horseman. He had the ability to get the best out of his horses and place them to advantage. As his success and horse numbers grew. Darren moved to Ballarat in 2001 and later acquired stables at Warrnambool to compliment his Ballarat base.

From these humble beginnings, just ten years later in 2005, Darren became the leading Victorian Country Trainer for the first time. Darren Weir broke his own Commonwealth record once again in 2017/18 season where he has 446 wins including 9 Group one winners.

The Darren Weir juggernaut continues on an upward spiral and is not about to slow down any time soon.

Darren Weir’s recent Group one success include BLACK HEART BART (Futurity Stakes, CF Orr Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Goodwood Stakes, Memsie Stakes), TOSEN STARDOM (Emirates Stakes, Toorak Stakes), HUMIDOR (Makybi Diva Stakes, Australian Cup), GAILO CHOP (Caulfield Stakes, Ranvet Stakes), BRAVE SMASH (Futurity Stakes), HELLBENT (William Reid Stakes), SOPRESSA (Schweppes Oaks) and LEICESTER (South Australian Derby).











Darren Weir purchased the Ballarat establishment Forest Lodge in August 2001, major renovations and extensions have been completed. Darren is always upgrading the facilities.

The property has top class facilities and is becoming a Centre of training excellence. The utmost priority is for the facilities to be safe for the horses and staff. This ensures that the horses receive the best care available and are happy in their environment.

The Ballarat stable has a swimming pool, 2 walking machines, indoor & outdoor riding arenas, 2 undercover treadmills and hyperbaric stables & treadmill.

We have access to the 1400m uphill synthetic track located at the Ballarat racecourse.

Darren also have a training complex at Warrnambool which has access to the beach, treadmill, water walker and swimming pool.


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