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Possible Cox Plate Tilt For Bart
Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) will be aimed at the Cox Plate in the spring following his maiden Gr1 success in Saturday's Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide, reports the West Australian. The West Australian-owned galloper has been a revelation since transferring to Darren Weir's Victorian stable earlier this year, with Saturday's victory following a win in the Gr3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) and narrow losses behind star gallopers Chautauqua and English in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and Gr1 All Aged Stakes respectively. The 5YO, whose record reads 12 wins from 30 starts for nearly $1.7 million prize money, will make his next appearance in the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June, with the time-honoured WS Cox Plate his primary end-of-year target. "The stable said he was jumping out of his skin this morning [Monday]," said Managing owner Kim Renner. "He now has three weeks into the Stradbroke and then will go to the paddock. He'll come back with the Cox Plate as his target." Renner added: "Brad [jockey Brad Rawiller] got off and just described him as a very flash ride and when I asked him if he would ride him in the Stradbroke, he just smiled." 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.