Black Heart Bart May Return from Long Spell in Group 3 Bletchingly

The final Group race of the 2017 – 2018 Australian Thoroughbred racing season, the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200 metre w.f.a) , at Caulfield on July 28 just got considerably more interesting, to us at any rate, on the news that Clack Heart Bart could make his first appearance of 2018.

We have always liked the seven-year-old by Blackfriars from Sister Theresa, if for no other reasons than his willingness to work and to take on Winx. Actually, Winx only beat him twice, it just seems like more.

Darren Weir’s star was not to race since early February, as he did not have the proper veterinarian’s certificate.

Bart last raced At Ascot at the end of 2017, running second in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600 m), but was a disappointing ninth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, despite jumping as the $3.20 favourite.

Bart had a nice jumpout recently, where he cruised over his stablemates Kings Will Dream, Humidor and Big Duke.

Weir’s Warrnambool stable foreman Jarrod McClean told reporters, “We might see Bart next week in the Bletchingly. He’s probably a year older and we’d probably want to get to a Memsie third-up rather than second-up.He’s coming off a long spell so Weiry will have a good think about that.”

All four from the trial are being pointed at the Group 2 P. B. Lawrence Stakes (1400 m) in mid-August, but BHB may hit that race second, rather than first-up.

Weir’s stables were active during the trial at Coleraine, with most of the attention being on Nature Strip and Brave Smash.

Said McClean, “Nature Strip just had a nice stretch of the legs while Brave Smash had a nice gallop with Yogi and he’ll trial next week with an eye to maybe going to the Aurie’s Star.”

From the video of the trial, Bart seemed to be ticking over nicely, but none of the runners appeared to be working excessively hard.

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