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Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 Futurity 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 0.1 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Japanese-bred entire and stable-mate Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) & 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske). This was the fifth top-flight victory for former West Australian-trained galloper Black Heart Bart who advanced his outstanding record to 16 wins (including the Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes, 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 39 starts for $3,420,950 earnings. "He's just a great horse. Yeah five Group Ones, he's just an unbelievable horse," trainer Darren Weir told Racing.com. "I thought Tosen Stardom was going to win there at one stage but gee, he just keeps coming Black Heart Bart, you wouldn't want him chasing you. What a horse." 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.