Bart Returns With Dominant Memsie Stakes Win

Weir’s ‘Best Horse’ Being Aimed at Cox Plate And Clash With Winx

Top class sprinter Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars) has shown his versatility with a strong first up Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) victory as trainer Darren Weir bids to turn the gelding into one of Australia’s premier weight-for-age horses.

The former Western Australia-trained Black Heart Bart has had six starts for Weir, winning three times and two at Group One level, with connections now aiming the horse towards the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October.

Ridden by Brad Rawiller yesterday, Black Heart Bart settled in a midfield position behind a strong tempo being set by Charmed Harmony (Hussonet), who eventually weakened to run ninth. Improving around the home turn, Black Heart Bart quickened in the straight to take the lead with 200 metres left to run.

Veteran Group One-winning mare Rising Romance (Ekraar) ($17), who is to be covered by Written Tycoon (Iglesia) this season, finished one and a quarter lengths behind the winner having raced in fourth position early on.

The winner’s stablemate, Mahuta (Flying Spur), raced prominently having jumped from the inside barrier and then fought on well in the straight to be a further two and a quarter lengths away in third.

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