Black Heart Bart Returning to Where it All Began for Railway Stakes

Just as Gary Ablett wanted out of Gold Coast in order to have a final run in Geelong, Darren Weir’s Black Heart Bart will return to Western Australia and a run in his state of origin to have a jump in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600 m) at Ascot on November 25.

Bart was foaled, according to, at Durham Lodge Thoroughbred Stud in 2010. Serach engines now return results giving the name Scenic Lodge Thoroughbred Stud, but things change, do they not?

The facility is less than an hour north of the Perth CBD.

It took Bart 12 starts and three barrier trials to win at Ascot for the first time in November of 2014 and he won at Group level when he took the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400 m) in October of the following year. He backed that in his next outing when he won the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400 m), also at Ascot, to establish his weight-for-age credentials.

Bart made his Victorian debut with a win at Caulfield in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400 m). A couple of weeks later, he won at Group 1 level for the first time when he won the Goodwood (1200 m) at Morphettville in May of 2016.

Bart’s career has been good, but his misfortune has been running at distances that appeal to a certain mare from Sydney, but Bart had his brush with glory when he took Winx on in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes when only one other dared to take on the super mare in October of 2016. Bart gave her 2 kg and lost by two lengths.

Weir said the decision to forego the Sandown meeting with Bart and head to Ascot was based on Bart being given 59 kg for the Railway Stakes and it may be a fitting conclusion to the seven-year-old bay gelding’s career. Bart ran the Railway in 2015, finishing fourth, but he has not been back at Ascot since the Group 2 C. B. Cox Stakes in December of 2015, when he ran second by 1.5 lengths to Delicacy.

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