DARREN Weir is tossing up between a Mornington or Launceston Cup start for Prince Of Penzance, winner of Saturday's Mornington Cup Prelude at Caulfield, reports Racing Network.

It says: Weir noted that getting Prince Of Penzance ($5.50 to $4.80) to relax had played a pivotal part in the horse finishing off his races.


He said that while it had been frustrating early in his campaign, Prince Of Penzance is now emerging as a quality horse.


“He came into work aiming at the Mornington Cup. It was either go there of the Launceston  Cup,” Weir said.


Weir described the four-year-old as a “nice staying prospect”.


“To be honest, I think the Launceston Cup would be great for the horse,” he said. “I reckon it might make him grow up a bit. You have to fly over there and get to a new stable and I think that brings horses on a lot. But, if you happen to win the Mornington Cup you get a free go at the Caulfield Cup. We have a bit of thinking to do, but we are in a good position.”


Prince Of Penzance, beautifully ridden by Michelle Payne, scored by three-quarters of a length from Oregon Spirit, specked from $31 to $26, with one and a quarter lengths to Extra Zero, $21, third. Laidback Larry, the $1.90 favorite, worked early to find the front, but was under pressure as soon as he straightened before he finished fifth.