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Record-breaking Victorian trainer Darren Weir enjoyed more success at Caulfield Racecourse in the first Group 1 on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day with stablemates Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom fighting it out in the 2017 Futurity Stakes quinella.
All the money in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au on this autumn’s $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) was for the always-honest Perth expat, six-year-old Black Heart Bart who jumped odds-on at $1.90.
The son of Blackfriars didn’t disappoint, putting in a gallant late fight to win the Futurity Stakes by the narrowest of margins over his Japanese imported stablemate Tosen Stardom ($17).
Black Heart Bart continued his flawless record over the 1400m at Caulfield Racecourse making it four-from-four at the track and distance on the back of his Group 1 CF Orr Stakes win there a fortnight back.
Becoming the first winner of the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double since Moment Of Change (2014), the fairy tale continued for Black Heart Bart who was a $20,000 bargain yearling buy who has now amassed over $3.2 million in career prize money.
“He’s just a great horse,” Weir said post-win.
“Just an unbelievable horse.”
The Futurity Stakes result was the horse’s fifth Group 1 win and jockey Brad Rawiller continued his association to win the autumn weight-for-age feature for the first time.
Things didn’t quite go to plan for the red hot favourite, Black Heart Bart settling around fifth in running with the field led around by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained seven-year-old Ecuador.
Coming off a CF Orr Stakes third, Ecuador was best out the barriers by a length and eventually rounded out the Futurity Stakes trifecta holding for the minor placing after an on-seed run.
Six-year-old Deep Impact stallion Tosen Stardom in just his second run for Weir in Australia settled fourth with Craig Williams aboard from barrier two just behind the defending Futurity Stakes winner Turn Me Loose.
Tosen Stardom got a gun run throughout right up on the pace fourth on the inside ahead of his better fancied stablemate Black Heart Bart who was five lengths off the leader with 600m to travel.
Around the turn Ecuador led them around with the three-year-old late entry Attention right up with him and Tosen Stardom not far away.
In the end it became a warrior-like battle between the two Weir gallopers, Tosen Stardom fighting up the middle while Black Heart Bart was closing hard down the outside.
The Futurity Stakes quinella was decided in a photo going the way of Black Heart Bart ahead of Tosen Stardom, in a brilliant first-up run, while Ecuador after flying from the gates and setting the tempo was swallowed up late.
“He’s a winner,” Rawiller said of Black Heart Bart.
“It’s nice to get two on end with him.
“Tosen Stardom’s a very smart horse. It took this bloke the heart that we know he’s got to get up and win.
“He loves a fight, simple as that.
“It’s just a pleasure riding a horse like this.”
Weir said futures plans for Black Heart Bart included a possible trip back to Adelaide for the $1 million Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 20, a race the galloper won last season.
“Sort of thought The Goodwood because it’s gone to a million dollars now and it’s a quality handicap so 59kg to 59.5kg is the most he’ll probably get,” Weir said.
“So maybe a freshen-up for that or we could stay and go to Sydney [for The Championships].
“The autumn plans was to target these two races the Orr and Futurity and he’s won them both.”
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2017 Futurity Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 5 – 25/02/2017
|1||1||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||–||6||59kg||$1.90F|
|2||4||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||0.1L||2||59kg||$17|
|3||7||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||0.6L||1||59kg||$10|
|4||9||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||0.9L||9||55.5kg||$41|
|5||2||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||1.65L||4||59kg||$17|
|6||6||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||2.15L||7||59kg||$8|
|7||8||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||2.55L||3||59kg||$26|
|8||3||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Kerrin McEvoy||2.95L||5||59kg||$6.50|
|9||5||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||3.7L||8||59kg||$81|
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