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Black Heart Bart Passes Clockwise Test

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

West Australian sprinter Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) is primed for Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) after being put through a testing clockwise direction gallop at Deagon on the weekend, reports the West Australian. Trainer Vaughn Sigley says he will keep Black Heart Bart away from today's Breakfast with the Stars at Doomben, preferring to take the 4YO to Deagon again on Wednesday. "I told Glenn [jockey Glenn Smith] to push him around the turn and he handled it very well," Sigley said of the Deagon hit-out. "We had him off the bit on the corner to see if he'd drift but he didn't. He handled it really well." He added: "Glenn always felt he would handle the opposite direction because he tends to get on the wrong leg going anti-clockwise. We won't bother going to Doomben, he can have a final gallop on Wednesday here [Deagon]. Hopefully we can get a good marble on Wednesday." Black Heart Bart is sure to be among the more fancied Stradbroke runners, after charging home for fourth in the Gr1 Goodwood in Adelaide (1200m) at his most recent start. The well bred gelding certainly has the pedigree to be a serious racehorse, being out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel.

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