Black Heart Bart recorded a dominant first-up win in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) last year and his trainer Darren Weir said the season-opening Group 1 at Caulfield on September 2 was again the early spring target for the five-time Group 1 winner.
However Weir revealed he was considering giving the rising seven-year-old an extra run under his belt in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.
“He’s come back really well but he hasn’t had a trial yet so we’ll just wait until he’s had a trial and then I’ll decide whether I run him in the P.B. Lawrence,” Weir said.
“He’s just a really good horse and I wish I had a few more like him.”
Weir said he was yet to finalise how many horses he will have lining up in the Memsie Stakes but said he would definitely have at least three with Australian Cup winner Humidor and Futurity Stakes runner-up Tosen Stardom set to join Black Heart Bart.
“Tosen Stardom has come back really well and nearly beat Black Heart Bart in a Group 1 over 1400m at Caulfield (Futurity Stakes) so he deserves his place in this race,” he said.
“He’s been a frustrating horse because we know how much ability he’s got but we just haven’t been able to get him to show it yet, but so far so good with him.
“We’ll also run Humidor, he’s on a Caulfield Cup path.”
Black Heart Bart is currently rated the $5 Memsie Stakes favourite with CrownBet, which has Tosen Stardom on the fifth line of betting at $11 behind Le Romain ($6), Hey Doc ($7), Redkirk Warrior ($9) and Yankee Rose ($9).