CHANGING from an open handicap to a weight-for-age race will help Black Heart Bart in his attempt to win six Group 1 races, according to Darren Weir’s Warrnambool foreman Jarrod McLean.
McLean, who will be trackside in Perth for the $1million Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday, with his boss said Black Heart Bart had improved from his unlucky second placing in the Railway Stakes at the same track two weeks ago.
“Switching from the open handicap to the weight-for-age race is a massive advantage for us,” McLean said. “The weights are in his favour in the Kingston Town and he’s done a treat since his Railway run. He’s going for his sixth Group 1 victory and he deserves to win. He’s done all his work in Warrnambool. He just gives 100% in his races with a bit of luck he should be in the finish. He’s peaked for this run.”
The feature race meeting in Victoria on Saturday is at Pakenham - with no metropolitan races in Melbourne and McLean has Instrumentalist in the $250,000 Pakenham Cup and Tried And True running in a $100,000 race over 1200 metres.
“Instrumentalist has won two of his last three,” he said. “He’s an honest type of horse but is out of his grade here. It’s not a bad Cup field. Tried And True has had two runs back from a spell and is improving at each start.”
Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable has numerous runners at Pakenham while Matthew Williams saddles up Our Bottino in the $100,000 Bourke Memorial Handicap. Artie’s Shore and Tucana are Williams other runners on the tough nine race program.