Group 3 Over Kingston Town for Black Heart Bart

Lark Hill’s Vaughn Sigley is leaning towards the 2014 AJ Scahill Stakes on Kingston Town Classic Day Saturday week with his Railway Stakes Day winner Black Heart Bart over the meeting’s Group 1 over more distance.

Tommy Berry

Tommy Berry will ride Watermans Bay in the 2014 AJ Scahill Stakes on Kingston Town Classic Day. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Blackfriars four-year-old Black Heart Bart is still officially in the nominations for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) rounding out elite level racing for another Perth Summer Racing Carnival on December 6.

Not really wanting to extend the progressive gelding out over the 1800m this campaign however Sigley has indicated Black Heart Bart is more likely to contest the $200,000 Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) at the meeting instead.

“I didn’t want to stretch him out to 1800, especially if the pace is too slow in a race like that,” Sigley told Perth Racing.

“We’re still learning with him. He’s a work in progress.

“He might just be a good sprinter up to 1400 or 1600.”

A winner of two of his 12 starts to date, Black Heart Bart has been on the improve all season.

He’s been racing competitively in Group company including his second behind subsequent Railway Stakes runner-up Balmont Girl in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) on November 1 and his fourth when only a length off Bass Strait in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) a fortnight later.

Last Saturday he relished a step down in grade and beat home Real Love by a half-length in the Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes (1400m) with this campaign’s regular rider Patrick Carbery aboard.

While the Kingston Town Classic is certainly an option, Black Heart Bart is a far stronger chance of posting back-to-back festival wins in the AJ Scahill Stakes.

The Scahill Stakes is also set to feature the Mark Kavanagh-trained Watermans Bay with Sydney’s Tommy Berry, also riding the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney visitor Pheidon ($13) in the Kingston Town, booked for the ride.

The Eternity Range six-year-old was a just a quarter length away second behind Magnifisio in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) last Saturday, jockey Steven Arnold lodging an unsuccessful protest against the winner and her hoop for interference early in the race.

Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio meanwhile could also feature in the AJ Scahill Stakes field next month after her gutsy Group 1 win for Bullsbrook trainer Jim Taylor last Saturday.

She made it two straight with the victory after earlier beating Fuchsia Bandana in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m), but her Group 1 winning jockey Jason Brown won’t be available for the Railway Stakes Day ride having been suspended for his Winterbottom effort.

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