Well-backed favourite Black Heart Bart justified the support of punters to record a comfortable victory in the 2016 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon.
Black Heart Bart looked to have a clear class edge on the rest of the field heading into the Memsie Stakes and they proved to be the case.
He traveled into the race beautifully with Brad Rawiller in the saddle and he quickly picked up his rivals when asked for an extra effort before racing away in the final stages to claim his second Group 1 victory.
Black Heart Bart has been nothing short of a revelation since he joined the stable of Darren Weir and the leading trainer confirmed that the Cox Plate would be the major 2016 Spring Racing Carnival target for the Memsie Stakes winner.
“He has been a great horse for the stable and I have to thank the owners for sending him over to us,” Weir said.
“He is a pretty straightforward horse to train and that is the way that he races as well.
“It was a great win today.
“It worked out perfectly – the plan was to be in the one-one or the one-two and he landed in the one-two with the hot speed.
“He built into it great and I loved the way he ran through the line.
“He probably ran better then than he did first-up last time.
“The owners are very keen to go to the Cox Plate and we will follow a path to that.
“They just said if you are not happy along the way and you want to deviate then we are happy to do that, but we will aim towards the Cox Plate and see how far we get.”
Brad Rawiller gave Black Heart Bart the perfect run in transit, but the talented hoop was quick to pay credit to the way that the Blackfriars gelding travelled into the race and he said he was always confident that the six-year-old would get the job done.
“This horse is first-up and he has a different preparation this time in, but when I let down he was just awesome,” Rawiller said.
“It is a fine line and I was worried that something was going to come with me on my back, but with the run he had he was always going to let down and he might have ended up getting there a bit too soon.
“It helps when you are on a good horse.”
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