Black Heart Bart Heads 2017 All Aged Stakes Nominations

Adelaide-bound Black Heart Bart is set to head to Sydney first this weekend for a shot at a third Group 1 win on the trot headlining the All Aged Stakes 2017 nominations at Royal Randwick.

Black Heart Bart

Black Heart Bart heads early 2017 All Aged Stakes betting to go one better than his second in the Randwick Group 1 last autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

After The Championships came to an end last weekend, the action stays at Randwick Racecourse for two final elite level races on Saturday including the weight-for-age $600,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m).

The All Aged Stakes nominations attracted eighteen hopeful gallopers, with pre-field markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Darren Weir’s Blackfriars six-year-old Black Heart Bart.

The five-time Group 1 champion chases a maiden top level win in Sydney for the Victorian-based Weir and comes off the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double over the 1400m at Caulfield back in February.

He has been to Randwick just once before when second to the Gai Waterhouse-trained English in last year’s All Aged Stakes, but currently pays $4.20 to go one better with success on Saturday.

Black Heart Bart is then likely to head to Adelaide to defend his title in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in May, the race that kicked off his Group 1 victories.

Weir plays a strong hand in this year’s All Aged Stakes with a total of five early entries including Hellbent.

Rated a $9 chance in futures All Aged Stakes betting, the four-year-old son of I Am Invincible comes off a string of excellent Melbourne runs including his second to Silent Sedition at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

The stallion is as yet tested over further than 1200m however, so how he handles the step-up to 1400m will be key to his chances on the weekend.

Weir’s possible runners are rounded out by the French import Articus whose sole run in Australia was a 13th to Jameka in the Caulfield Cup last spring, seven-year-old Flamberge and Voodoo Lad.

Voodoo Lad was runner-up in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington two back and is out to improve on a credible fifth behind sprint star Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 1.

The reigning All Aged Stakes winner English is also nominated to defend her title.

The four-year-old daughter of Encosta De Lago is the $5 second elect in all-in All Aged Stakes odds to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Rough Habit (1992-93).

English comes off a second to Chautauqua in the TJ Smith Stakes after looking the winner until the grey flash made history coming from last-to-first in one of Australian racing’s great moments.

Waterhouse has prepared a total of five All Aged Stakes winners over the years and English is her sole chance of making it six this weekend.

The other best fancied should connections accept is the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain ($6.50).

The Hard Spun four-year-old won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on a Heavy (10) Randwick track in early March.

His next run saw him finish second best behind the world’s best Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill, before his disappointing 15th in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Le Romain is a gun at Randwick with four wins and three seconds from nine starts at the track, and will relish dropping back to 1400m – a distance he has enjoyed three seconds from as many starts over to date.

Check out the full All Aged Stakes 2017 nominations below, before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the best early odds on the Sydney Group 1 races on Saturday.

2017 All Aged Stakes Nominations

Royal Randwick – 15/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 00352×0200 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 105
2 4x31215x0x ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 105
3 x12129x211 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 115
4 17x2602x80 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 101
5 13x1421x97 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 104
6 1x5470x172 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 114
7 7x8390190x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 8 Noel Mayfield-Smith 103
8 00x98x4408 FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 110
9 10113×3442 HELLBENT H 4 Darren Weir 105
10 3x6039x650 JAPONISME G 4 Chris Waller 107
11 134028×531 JUNGLE EDGE G 6 Mick Bell 102
12 22251×1120 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 116
13 251162×156 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 106
14 x236710x99 REBEL DANE H 7 Gary Portelli 109
15 20x5x21x10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
16 x13433x110 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 100
17 x26330x154 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 102
18 2311210×25 VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir 107

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