Black Heart Bart Heads 2017 Blamey Stakes Nominations

Black Heart Bart headlines the Blamey Stakes 2017 nominations for the feature race at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday.

Black Heart Bart

Black Heart Bart is short priced favourite in pre-field 2017 Blamey Stakes odds despite also holding a Sydney nomination for Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

As the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival nears an end, there is just the one Group status on the Flemington card on the weekend with the $200,000 Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) attracting a dozen nominations on Monday.

Four of those come from the ace Victorian stables of Darren Weir including the early $2 favourite in pre-field Blamey Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au Black Heart Bart.

The ultra-consistent six-year-old comes off the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double at Caulfield over 1400m and with winning form up to 1800m shouldn’t have an issue extending out to a mile four runs into his autumn.

Stablemate Tosen Stardom occupies the second line of futures Blamey Stakes odds at $4.50, the Japanese import coming off a narrow second to Black Heart Bart in the Futurity.

Weir however has indicated that the Deep Impact stallion is more likely to take on the champion mare Winx in Sydney on Saturday in the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

Black Heart Bart is also nominated for the 2017 George Ryder Stakes on Golden Slipper Stakes Day, with a decision pending on what race he runs in.

Weir’s other Blamey Stakes nominations are the Perth Cup winner Real Love and Palentino.

Real Love was scratched from a run in last Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2400m), subsequently won by the Weir-trained favourite Humidor.

She has run fifth in her past three starts, the six-year-old daughter of Desert King last seen crossing just over a length off her winning stablemate Stratum Star in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m).

Real Love also holds a Sydney nomination on the weekend in the $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) over further distance.

Palentino meanwhile is the $5 all-in third favourite to take out the Blamey Stakes, the four-year-old Teofilo stallion coming off the close sixth when just over two lengths beaten in the Futurity Stakes.

The reigning Blamey Stakes winner He Or She is in the mix again, the Lindsay Park-trained galloper last seen winning a Group 3 over 1400m at the track on March 4.

The stable have a total of three entries as they chase back-to-back wins with He Or She joined by the imported duo of Foundation and Harlem who are both yet to race down under.

Tasmanian raider Hellova Street adds interest to the race also, the Scott Brunton-trained Helike gelding coming off back-to-back stakes wins at home.

Check out the full Blamey Stakes 2017 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your weekend racing tips online before the markets firm with final acceptances on Wednesday.

2017 Blamey Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 18/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x12129x211 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 1 59kg 115
2 451008×446 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 2 59kg 110
3 x27156x555 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 3 56kg 107
4 x7323590x1 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 58kg 107
5 x23114407x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 5 57kg 107
6 60×1622211 HELLOVA STREET G 6 Scott Brunton 6 57kg 97
7 11620×0733 GREAT ESTEEM G 6 Stuart Webb 7 56kg 100
8 x51709x4x2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 8 55kg 109
9 25964×7713 ZEBRINZ G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 9 55kg 93
10 3x230x533x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 55kg 100
11 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 55kg 98
12 3x46256x61 POLAR VORTEX G 4 Peter Morgan 12 55kg 69

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