Vaughn Sigley’s flying sprinter Black Heart Bart heads a small field of WA gallopers in the feature race at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, the Lee Steere Stakes 2015.
Due to run as Ascot Race 5 at 3:05pm (local), this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Waroa Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) has attracted only seven runners in the weight-for-age feature.
Sitting top of the line-up and the likely markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is Blackfriars five-year-old Black Heart Bart who has an outstanding Ascot record (16-5-5-2) and is a gun over the 1400m with three wins and two second from six previous starts.
He is also a dual winner and dual runner-up from four previous runs over Saturday’s track and distance, and comes off back-to-back wins this prep.
The first was at Belmont in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) before his Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) win at Ascot on October 21.
Weight-for-age suits and so does barrier four with Glenn Smith continuing his association with the gun galloper who now boasts over $700,000 in prize money.
Black Heart Bart is joined in Saturday’s field by stablemate Magnifisio in gate six for jockey Jason Brown.
A talented Magnus mare, the six-year-old is second-up this weekend after her third in an upset loss to Akhedasset in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) late last month.
She was odds-on to win her resuming run and so is out to atone this weekend at a track she has a good record over (14-6-4-2) including her Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) victory from last November.
Returning in the Lee Steere Stakes this year is the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy in gate two with WA’s best hoop William Pike in the saddle.
She won her six most recent runs last campaign all in black-type company including the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half at Ascot.
The Al Maher mare, making her four-year-old debut on the weekend, then went to Adelaide and became a dual Group 1 champion taking out the Schweppes Oaks – SA Derby double in May.
She had her latest trial only on Monday over 950m at Lark Hill, which she won, and looks spot on for her delayed return.
The other first-up runner on Saturday is the Justin Warwick-trained, Peter Hall-ridden Global Flirt.
The veteran McFlirt nine-year-old hasn’t raced since late March when third in the Listed Pinjarra Cup (2300m) on the back of a second in the Listed Bunbury Cup (2200m).
From nine previous runs over Saturday’s distance of 1400m Global Flirt has finished in the money twice, but is yet to win, and has a first-up record of one win, one second and one third from seven previous resuming runs.
Rounding out this year’s Lee Steere Stakes field are the Neville Parnham-trained Bass Strait on the rails and coming off a fourth to Real Love in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) from last Saturday, four-time winner at the track Fuchsia Bandana for Lark Hill’s Darren McAuliffe and Wink And Nod.
A stablemate to Global Flirt, the other Warwick-trained Lee Steere hope is six-year-old mare Wink And Nod who was runner-up in the Northerly Stakes to Saturday’s favourite and to date has won 11 of her 26 starts.
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2015 Lee Steere Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 5 (3:05pm) – 07/11/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||1111x40x11||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||4||59kg|
|2||01000P723x||GLOBAL FLIRT||Justin Warwick||Peter Hall||7||59kg|
|3||6630x49x84||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||1||59kg|
|4||x23111111x||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||2||57kg|
|5||x4112x40x3||MAGNIFISIO||Vaughn Sigley||Jason Brown||6||57kg|
|6||55x3311x27||FUCHSIA BANDANA||Darren Mcauliffe||Jarrad Noske||3||57kg|
|7||1121311142||WINK AND A NOD||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick (a)||5||57kg|