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Black Heart Bart the early favourite for first Group 1 of Spring

Tue, Aug 15, 3:10pm by Staff Writer

The Darren Weir trained Gelding Black Heart Bart is the early favourite to win his second Memsie Stakes in as many years at Caulfield on September 2.

The $1 million weight-for-age race is held over 1400 metres and has traditionally been used a lead-up race by good horses for the longer feature races of the Spring, such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and even the Melbourne Cup.

The 7-year-old’s preparation for the Group 1 event steps up a notch this Saturday, when he runs in the Group 2 P.B Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield. He’s a $3 favourite to win that race, ahead of fellow 7-year-old Gelding, Hartnell, who’s at $3.40.

The pair have raced against each other once, in last year’s Cox Plate, when Hartnell finished second to Winx, while Black Heart Bart came second-last. The P B Lawrence Stakes is also run over 1,400 metres, so will provide us with a good indicator of where several horses are at.

Another who is running in both this Saturday’s Lawrence and the Memsie in early September, is Japanese Import Tosen Stardom, who’s listed at $9 for the former, and $12 for the latter.

Le Romain is at $8 for the Memsie, while Hey Doc is even shorter, at $9, having won last Saturday’s Aurie’s Star at Flemington, which is traditionally a launch race for spring hopefuls.

Another who is in the mix for the first Group 1 of the season, is Yankee Rose ($7). The contender for Queensland’s horse of the year has not raced since last year’s VRC Oaks, after which she had bone chips in her knee.

Lankan Rupee, who a little over two years ago, was ranked as the world’s leading sprinter, is at $10 while Bletchingly Stakes winner Ability in not in the market yet, but the in-form sprinter is expected to race.

Sportsbet Markets

Memsie Stakes

Black Heart Bart $5

Hey Doc $6

Yankee Rose $7

Le Romain $8

Lankan Rupee $10

Invincible Gem $12

Redkirk Warrior $12

Omei Sword $12

Tosen Stardom $12

Happy Clapper $12

Impending $12

Lucky Hussler $14

I Am A Star $14

Vega Magic $14

Supido $17

Divine Prophet $17

Brave Smash $17

Foxplay $17

Savanna Amour $26

He’s Our Rokkii $26

Voodoo Lad $26

Chetwood $26

Bonneval $26

Endless Drama $34

Ecuador $34

Seaburge $41

Jon Snow $41

Stephenstihls $126

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