For those watching the Bunbury races yesterday you were in for a treat, witnessing Blackfriars 4yo Black Heart Bart ($1.70 fav) and hoop Glenn Smith mercilessly dispose of rivals by 5 ¼ lengths in a very one-sided Bunbury Stakes 1400m.
The Vaughn Sigley trained gelding settled well in transit with its 61kg handicap, before swinging for home with immense power to put the race beyond doubt a long way from home.
It was daylight to Danablue ($21.00) in second, with a further ¾ length to Sigley’s other runner Dawn Approach ($10.00) in third.
Second elect Antique Belle ($5.50) looked the goods working into the straight but peaked on its run finishing fourth.
Black Heart Bart takes his impressive record to 7 wins (including the Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 7 placing’s (including the Group 3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 18 starts for $519,200 in prize money.
The other feature for the day wasn’t as clear cut, with Belle La Vie ($7.50) for Chris Stelmach flashing home late to salute in the Breeders’ Classic 1400m by a mere nose.
Blitzem Someday ($20.20) looked home for all money inside the final furlong, but Shaun O’Donnell came from the clouds aboard Belle La Vie to trump the roughie in the last stride.
It was the second leg of a riding/training double for O’Donnell and Stelmach who had earlier success with My Lady Megan ($9.90) – the win also wrapping up a weekend to remember for O’Donnell with the Bunbury successes adding to his treble from Saturday at Ascot .