Bart, a $20,000 purchase by owner Kim Renner has now gone on to win close to $3.5 Million in prize money, five Group Ones and a legion of fans around the country.
Up until the end of 2015 Bart had forged a magnificent career based in Western Australia under the guidance of trainer Vaughn Sigley. He had eight stakes race wins to his name and some gallant runs in four Group Ones, including a fourth behind Flamberge in the 2015 Darley Goodwood. However, things started to pick up quickly after a move to Melbourne to join the Darren Weir camp.
His career for the new stable couldn’t have started too much better with a slashing second down the straight in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap behind The Quarterback which set the tone for what was to come. This was followed by victory in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap and another Group 1 second placing, this time behind English in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick. But Group 1 glory was waiting around the corner in Adelaide.
Bart was sent around as the $2.80 favourite in the 2016 Darley Goodwood on the UBET tote and after a nice gap opened up at the top of the Morphettville straight, Rawiller called upon Bart to deliver his trademark turn of foot to put away his opponents and record a half a length win over the fast finishing Under The Louvre for his first Group 1 victory.
Something clicked after that Goodwood win and Bart went on to win four Group Ones in his next nine starts. Add to that, three Group 1 second placings including one behind wonder-mare Winx in the 2016 Caulfield Stakes. In ten starts, Bart notched up five Group One wins and just over $2 Million in prize money; not a bad few months for a $20,000 bargain buy from W.A.
After a slight setback heading into the Sydney Carnival, a return to Morphettville for the newly crowned $1 Million Darley Goodwood is his next challenge but can he go back to back?
Over 100 years of history is against him with only two horses achieving that feat with the most recent being Musket Belle all the way back in 1911 and 1912. If Bart could go back to back in this year’s Darley Goodwood, there is no doubt it would go down as one of the great moments in South Australian racing history. It would also be incredibly fitting to achieve the feat in one of the state’s first $1 Million races.
Black Heart Bart is rated a $3.50 chance with UBET in the Group 1 Darley Goodwood at Morphettville tomorrow.