Black Heart Bart Warrnambool-bound


Multiple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart, G1 placegetter Achernar Star and Trap For Fools’ half-brother, Too Close The Sun, will leave Lindsey Smith’s Western Australia yard on Tuesday headed for his Warrnambool satellite stable.

A six-time winner at the elite level, Black Heart Bart trialed impressively at Lark Hill on Monday morning ahead of his All-Star Mile campaign.

“He dropped the bit, rolled to the front, which surprised me, and ran through the line strongly,” Smith told @theracesWA on Monday.

“He’ll now go first-up into the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at his favourite track, Caulfield.”

When asked if Brad Rawiller would keep the ride, Smith confirmed he’d be first choice, but he left the door ajar for Paul Harvey to potentially get an opportunity.

“He (Brad) will be offered the ride, whether he takes it, or he’s suspended, funny things happen, but it would be good to get the old band back together, me and Harvey, I think Harvey would suit this horse, so he’s a good back up anyway,” Smith added.

Too Close The Sun is also on the plane after a dominant win at Pinjarra Park on Saturday over 2000m, bringing up his fourth career victory from nine starts.

“I thought he was going to win a little easier, but when jockey Jarrad Noske used the stick I felt he may have half resented it, so I think next time he goes around we may restrict that and see if my thoughts were correct,” he said.

“He’ll just go through the grades in Melbourne to see where he ends up, the stable has always liked him, so we’ll just give him every possible opportunity.”

Having been Group-placed on five occasions, including the G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), Achernar Star has joined the Smith stable hoping for more success.

“He’s a class horse who came to me in great order and he’ll find plenty of races that suit him over in Melbourne,” Smith said.

Smith was also quick to dismiss any speculation that Scales Of Justice had come to the end of his preparation following his disappointing performance in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes on Saturday.

“He pulled up with some filling in his joints, he obviously felt the ground,” Smith said.

“The winner was way too good, so no excuses from us, but his campaign is definitely still going, it just depends when and where he goes next.”

Adelaide Ace failed a Hong Kong vet test prior to his third in the G2 Autumn Stakes on Saturday, making Smith keen to get him out in distance to see his true potential.

“He’s a nice horse, he was looking for further than 1400m but we had to give him a few days off to be vetted by Hong Kong, but he failed that because he’s a wind sucker,” he said.

“Now that he’s staying, he’ll go to the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield next and then out to 2000m and 2200m after that.”

Trap For Fools, Tom Melbourne and Humidor are all back in work in Western Australia and putting kilometres into their legs before heading back east.

“They’re all being led off the trotter at the moment, we’re putting a few miles in their legs in the heavy sand,” he said.

“There’s a few all-stars down there when we think about it, but they’re all coming along nicely and we’re looking forward to their return.”

Adam McGrath




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