Darren Weir won’t allow the disappointment of Black Heart Bart’s unplaced Goodwood run to fester, with the record-breaking trainer confirming another Group 1 date for the galloper as early as this Saturday.
Weir said on Monday that he intended taking Black Heart Bart up to Brisbane for this Saturday’s $700,000 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup over 1300 metres at Eagle Farm.
Weir did not feel let down by his horse – who ran seventh in the Goodwood as the $4 favourite a year after winning the race – but rather was disappointed in Brad Rawiller’s handling of the five-time Group 1 winner.
“He just rode him too close,” Weir explained on Monday. “He didn’t ride him really badly but for this horse if you ride him too close, he can’t sprint at the end and that’s what happened.
“He seems to have come through the run in really good order and it (backing up within a week) won’t worry him. He’s the type of horse that will handle that.”
Weir said Rawiller, who had ridden more winners for the trainer than any other rider, would retain the ride on Black Heart Bart in the $700,000 race.
“It’s a race that should suit him as its weight-for-age and I’m sure he’ll get a better ride this week,” Weir said.
Rawiller is nearing a major milestone of winners for Weir, having claimed 493 victories for the stable to date, and his mounts have earned more than $19 million in prizemoney.
CrownBet has marked Black Heart Bart as a $9 chance for the Kingford-Smith but the multiple Group 1 winner is likely to firm once it is confirmed he has arrived.
The presence of Black Heart Bart has rejuvenated discussions for the Kingsford-Smith, which, with Clearly Innocent the favourite at $6 ahead of Counterattack and Derryn at $7, lacked a certain star appeal.
The Kingsford-Smith might also go a long way to deciding who finishes as the champion Group 1 trainer of the season, with Weir currently locked on eight wins at the elite level alongside Winx’s trainer Chris Waller, who also trains Counterattack.
There are only a handful of Group 1 races left in Brisbane to complete the season but Weir intends running Black Heart Bart in the $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap while his SA Derby winner Volatile Mix will chase the Queensland Derby after having his first Brisbane run this Saturday in the Grand Prix Stakes.
The leading trainer is also likely to have a rare runner in a juvenile stakes race as he confirmed that Snitzepeg would go up for the $250,000 Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm on his way to the G1 J.J. Atkins Stakes next month.