Lark Hill’s Vaughn Sigley will give progressive four-year-old Black Heart Bart a final shot at making the Railway Stakes 2014 field when he runs him in this Saturday’s RJ Peters Stakes.
The Blackfriars gelding is nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse on November 22 but could miss out on a run in the classic.
In a last attempt to make the cut for the Perth Summer Racing Carnival feature, Sigley lines the Blackfriars gelding up at the track this weekend in the $150,000 Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m).
That will be Black Heart Bart’s third run of the season, and he shoots for his second win after a first-up effort in a maiden race at Bunbury back on October 19.
After that he was stepped up to Group 3 company at Ascot on November 1 where, from a wide barrier 12 of 13 draw, he did well to overcome interference and finish three-quarters of a length away second behind Balmont Girl in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m).
Paula Wagg’s WA Oaks winner Balmont Girl is now one of the headliners in the Railway Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $9 to win in markets led by Tassie raider The Cleaner ($5.50).
Black Heart Bart meanwhile is also inside the top half of the Railway Stakes betting markets at a quote of $15 following his good effort earlier in the month.
Sigley is happy with how the horse came through the Asian Beau Stakes and hopes he can show up and win this weekend instead of having to wait another 12 months for a Railway bid.
“He’s done really well since his last start, and we will look at the (R.J) Peters Stakes this Saturday,” he told Perth Racing.
“It’s our last chance to get a shot at the Railway, if not we will have to go through ratings races, and head back next year.”
The trainer is confident the mile will be a nice distance for him, his only other effort over the 1600m being a third to Respondent in the Listed Lex Pieper stakes back in March, after he failed to impress when eighth behind Respondent again in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half on April 12.
“I think he’s a sprinter-miler, he’s not a stayer yet, although he may develop into a stayer,” Sigley said.
Black Heart Bart will have to be at his best on the weekend however as he once more comes up against Grant Williams’s $10 Railway Stakes hope Respondent whose owner Bob Peters the race is named in honour of.
Both Respondent and Black Heart Bart were allocated the 53kg minimum when Railway Stakes weights came out this morning.
Top weight with 59kg is the Peter Moody-trained Moment Of Change who will deflect in favour of a run in the $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at the same Super Saturday meeting.
Moment Of Change was runner-up to Buffering in last year’s Winterbottom and his non-acceptance into the Railway Stakes field leaves the favourite The Cleaner (58kg) carrying the most weight.
The 2014 RJ Peters Stakes field is due out later this week so stay tuned.
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