It is unlikely Black Heart Bart will race at Sandown on Saturday and instead will soon be on his way to Perth after he was on Monday allocated 59kg in Saturday week’s $1 million Railway Stakes at Ascot.
The five-time Group 1 winner had been entered to run in either the Sandown or Heffernan Stakes at Sandown this Saturday but is now likely to race fresh in the 1600-metre Railway before also taking aim at the $1m weight-for-age Kingston Town Stakes over 1800m two weeks later.
Weir indicated that if Black Heart Bart was allocated no more than 59kg in the Railway he would run in the race and stay in Perth for the Kingston Town Classic.
Black Heart Bart has not raced since his fifth placing in the G1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield won by Bonneval nearly six weeks ago, but his trainer Darren Weir said the former Perth horse has worked well in preparation for his return.
“He’s been up the farm a little while and went back down the beach yesterday and he’ll trial tomorrow morning (at Terang) and he’ll be ready to go either this Saturday or in the Railway the following week,” Weir said before the Railway weights were published.
Black Heart Bart heads the Railway weights ahead of Doncaster Handicap winner It’s Somewhat (58.5kg), Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior (58kg) and the local star Scales Of Justice (57.5kg).
Black Heart Bart is now a seven-year-old but Weir said the horse seems to have freshened up well after his short break.
“It’s hard to say you could get him back to his best but we’re happy with him,” Weir.
Representing the stable at Sandown on Saturday in the feature – the $300,000 Zipping Classic – will be the import Big Duke, who ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup.
“He’ll gallop tomorrow morning with a mind to running him on Saturday,” Weir said. “He’s come through the Cup in great order.”
As for last week’s G1 winner Tosen Stardom, Weir said the horse is certain to be spelled but said it was still undecided as to what his aims will be in 2018.