Weir Credits Beach at Maldon for Revitalised Bart
According to Darren Weir, Black Heart Bart has reaped substantial benefits from jogging in the sand at Weir’s new property in Victoria.
Bart is getting along in years, but it seems the sands of time have not yet caught him completely and the sand of Maldon has added some grains to the glass.
He ran a strong second in the Group 1 Railway Stakes after having a bad spring in Melbourne, where he was hampered by a foot issue. He nearly pulled off a win in the Railway, despite carrying top weight in the weight-for-age event at Ascot Saturday last.
He is the favourite for the final Group 1 races of 2017, the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic. He has drawn barrier one, which perhaps is not ideal, but it certainly beats drawing wide, as the field looks at this point to contain 15 runners.
Ladbrokes currently lists Bart at $3.40, well inside the price of Railway Stakes winner Great Shot at $21. Great Shot started the Railway at $31 to Bart’s $8, however, so as they say in the investing trade, past results are not indicative of future outcomes.
Weir was upbeat about Bart’s chances, telling RSN927, “I think the horse is going great. The horse is a very sound, tough horse but he was just having a bit of feet issues and we just were having of trouble keeping them right. It was just concussion, really. We just weren’t able to get him into that heavier sand where there’s absolutely no concussion on their feet, really. After his last run in the spring he went straight up to Maldon and had five or six weeks up there in the deep sand and he just got sounder and sounder each week. By the time he came over here (WA) he we was trotting out fantastic. So I think he’s back going pretty good again.”
Bart is boarding at WA trainer Lindsey Smith’s property for his WA jaunt and that facility is set up similarly to Weir’s new digs at Maldon.