PUNTERS can expect a forward showing from the five-time group one winner Black Heart Bart when he runs in the $1 million Memise Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, according to Jarrod McLean.
McLean, who is the Warrnambool stable foreman for Darren Weir, has been in charge of Black Heart Bart in the lead-up to the 1400-metre race.
The eight-year-old, who has been disappointing at two runs from a spell, is rated a $20 chance in the early betting markets for the Memsie.
McLean considers he’s a rough each-way hope for the group one classic.
“It’s a crackerjack group one race,” he said.
“I’m prepared to forget Black Heart Bart’s last two efforts. He trialled sensationally at Warrnambool on heavy ground last Friday.
“He usually does not like heavy ground but he went through it really well. He’s pulled up great following that gallop.
“I’m expecting him to run well in the Memsie. We’ve also got Humidor and Kings Will Dream in the Memsie.
“They will appreciate races over more ground but they should be finishing the race off hard.”
Weir’s Warrnambool stable has numerous other runners on the nine-race program while Symon Wilde saddles up Royal Applause in a restricted race. Ciaron Maher and David Eustace accepted with Sheriff John Stone, Not A Single Cent and Lite’n In My Veins.
Warrnambool-based jumps jockeys Braidon Small and Shane Jackson are taking part in the Australian-Irish Jumps Challenge at Morphettville. Small has one runner and Jackson two on Saturday.