CHAMPION gelding Black Heart Bart lived up to its name on Saturday when showing great heart to win the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
The Darren Weir-trained six-year-old loomed to win at the top of the straight, but stablemate Tosen Stardom chimed in along the inside and looked likely to steal the race off Black Heart Bart.
As it typically does Black Heart Bart fought gamely towards the line to land its fifth win from six starts at Caulfield.
“He’s a winner,” jockey Brad Rawiller said. “It took the heart we know he’s got to get the win.
“He loves a fight, simple as that.”
Rawiller settle Black Heart Bart a little further back than expected, but it travelled well around the home turn and it picked up the leaders easily.
“It didn’t work out quite how I thought. We didn’t get a cart into the straight and I thought we’d win when we straightened, but the second horse Tosen Stardom is a very good horse and had the perfect run,” Rawiller said.
“For some reason he seems to always win one, second, win one, second. It’s nice to win two on end with him.
“It’s just such a pleasure riding a horse like this.”
The -105.26 favourite at Ladbrokes scored a popular win for punters which have loyally followed Black Heart Bart through thick and thin.
Trainer Darren Weir is having thoughts about heading to the Group 1 Goodwood, but hasn’t made his mind up to where he will send the five-time group one winner.
“I don’t really know, but there is some thought of the Goodwood,” Weir said. “It’s gone to $1 million no and it’s a quality handicap.
“I think 59kg-59.5kg is the highest he can get, so maybe a freshen up for that.”
Weir is also contemplating heading to Sydney during The Championships, but it’s job done for Weir so far.
“We could go to Sydney – the plan this preparation was to target these to races and he’s won them both,” he said.
Weir trained the quinella with former Japanese runner Tosen Stardom running well for second. Weir admitted to thinking the lesser-fancied stable runner was going to pip Black Heart Bart near the line.
“I thought Tosen Stardom was going to win at one stage, but he just keeps building Black Heart Bart, you wouldn’t want him chasing you,” Weir said.
Weir stated that Tosen Stardom could head to the Blamey Stakes before setting its sights on The Championships at Randwick.