Black Heart Bart won’t chase the fairytale finish to his career with trainer Lindsey Smith opting out of an 11th-hour raid on next month’s $5 million All-Star Mile.
Smith said on Tuesday that Black Heart Bart would not run in Saturday’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes where the winner will gain an invitation to the All-Star Mile two weeks later, preferring to concentrate on giving the horse a chance for a winning finish to an astonishing career that has netted $4.73 million in stakes.
“He’s not running this Saturday,” Smith said of Black Heart Bart and the Blamey Stakes. “It’s a bit hard for him at his age and I just want him to win another race this prep.”
The trainer stopped short of declaring the rising 10-year-old would certainly be retired at the end of his campaign, but he said age was catching up with the horse.
Black Heart Bart is one of 12 nominations for the $200,000 race, which has been afforded a deal more significance as its winner progresses to The All-Star Mile at Caulfield in two weeks.
Black Heart Bart raced first-up in last Saturday’s Futurity Stakes and finished eighth, beaten about six lengths by the winner Streets Of Avalon.
Smith also confirmed he would not have a presence in Saturday’s G1 Australian Guineas with his Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace instead going to next month’s G2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at The Valley before a derby tilt.
Adelaide Ace is three runs into his second racing campaign and Smith is hopeful he stays together for the WA Derby in Perth, which is run over 2400 metres at Ascot on April 11 and worth $400,000.
“He’s going to the Alister Clark Stakes and we are hoping he lasts that long into his prep as we’ve nominated him for the WA Derby,” Smith said.