PERTH’S most popular racehorse – BLACK HEART BART – will certainly be a sentimental favourite in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.
CROWNBET’S form assessors have him marked a firm $3.00 favourite on the back of his brave and narrow defeat in the Group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes two weeks ago.
He went under by a whisker to local Great Shot in the Railway, but this week is likely to be a different story with the race being run under weight-for-age conditions.
This means Great Shot will meet Black Heart Bart 5.5kgs worse at the weights.
BLACK HEART BART has truly been a marvellous galloper, earning just short of $4 million from his 16 wins and 18 placings.
Five times he has been a Group 1 winner and on many other occasions Group 1 placed.
It’s fair to say he was always a good horse, but since being in the care of leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir, his career has blossomed.
The seven-year-old raced right through the Spring Carnival in Melbourne not missing a contest, and it’s a measure of his toughness and constitution that he’s still going.
Stable foreman Jarrod McLean has been in Perth for the past few weeks looking after Black Heart Bart and he says the horse is ready to add Group 1 win number six to his CV.
His dangers this week look like coming from Godolphin’s IT’S SOMEWHAT, and local star three-year-old filly PERFECT JEWEL.
PERFECT JEWEL, marked $6.50 in the latest CROWNBET market, is an intriguing runner.
She is one of four runners leviathan WA owner Bob Peters has in the race and being a 3YO filly she is the youngest and most lightly-raced.
PERFECT JEWEL, a daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice, has now raced five times for four wins, with her latest outing being a brilliant come from behind win in the Group 2 $500,000 WA Guineas.
Under the WFA conditions of the Classic, PERFECT JEWEL will carry just 50kgs, while at the top of the weights BLACK HEART BART will lumber 59kgs.
Not only does she carry the lightest weight but she has the luxury of local super-star rider William Pike sitting in the saddle.
IT’S SOMEWHAT ($5.50) is the other really interesting runner.
Just like Black Heart Bart, It’s Somewhat has form at the top of the racing tree.
His last two starts are a third in the Group 2 $200,000 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day, and a last start third to Tosen Stardom in the Group 1 $2 million
Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during Cup Week.
Since coming from the UK, IT’S SOMEWHAT is a multiple Group 2 and Group 3 winner in Australia, and scored his biggest win in this year’s Group 1 $3 million Doncaster Mile.
He has the class required to win a race like this and is not disadvantaged under the WFA conditions given his record and earnings of $3.34 million.
The enigmatic TOM MELBOURNE ($8.50) doesn’t win very often but he is regularly placed at the highest level, as his last two starts indicate.
They include a second in the Group 1 $1 million Cantala Stakes at Flemington before his Group 1 3rd in the Railway Stakes here a fortnight ago.
This year’s renewal of the Kingston Town Classic is very strong and is a tribute to the great horse it’s named after – the mighty Kingston Town.
For mine BLACK HEART BART can win another Group 1 here!