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Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) scored by 1 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO New Zealand-bred entire Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) & 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske). Black Heart Bart cemented his status as one of the best racehorses in Australia and in the process boosted his already outstanding record to 15 wins (including the Gr1 Underwood Stakes, Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Goodwood, Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Gr3 WATC Northerly Stakes, Listed Birthday Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 38 starts for $3,118,950 earnings. "He's a beauty…what a horse to have in your stable," trainer Darren Weir told Racing.com. "He's just bombproof; a great, great racehorse." Weir added: "He will head to the Group One in two weeks. He's in great shape, so it's only racing that will improve him now." The Gr1 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 25 February. Black Heart Bart, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.