Former West Australian trained multiple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart looks likely to return to Perth after being allocated the top weight of 59kg for the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 25.

Black Heart Bart, above, has been given the top weight for the 2017 Railway Stakes in Perth. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Black Heart Bart, above, has been given the top weight for the 2017 Railway Stakes in Perth. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Black Heart Bart finished fourth to the Chris Waller trained Good Prospect in the 2015 Railway Stakes when prepared by Perth trainer Vaughn Sigley before being transferred to the Darren Weir stable in Victoria.

The leading Victorian trainer has been able to win five Group 1 trophies with Black Heart Bart but his latest Spring Carnival campaign has seen the seven year old out of the winner’s stall with three placings from four starts.

The Blackfriars gelding’s best Spring run was three starts back when second to Vega Magic in the Group 1 $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 2 and then he backed that up with a third behind stablemate Humidor and Hartnell in the Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 16.

At his latest effort Black Heart Bart was beaten less than two lengths when fifth to Bonneval in the Group 1 $750,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on October 1.

Weir has given Black Heart Bart a freshen up and said that he is back in work and ready to return to the race track.

“He’s been up the farm a little while and went back down the beach yesterday and he’ll trial Tuesday morning (at Terang) and he’ll be ready to go either this Saturday or in the Railway the following week,” Weir told

Weir has also nominated Black Heart Bart in two races at Sandown’s Zipping Classic Day meeting on Saturday, in the weight for age Group 3 $150,000 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) and in the Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m)  under Quality Handicap conditions.

The James Cummings trained It’s Somewhat is also well up in the weights for the Railway Stakes with 58.5kg as is the Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior who has been given 58kg while Lindsey Smith’s Scales Of Justice is the highest weighted of the locals with 57.5kg.

Early betting for the Railway Stakes at has Scales Of Justice and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Supply And Demand as the joint favourites at $6 just ahead of Black Heart Bart at $7 and Silverstream and Tom Melbourne at $9.

Early betting for the 2017 Railway Stakes at $6 Scales Of Justice, Supply And Demand, $7 Black Heart Bart, $9 Silverstream, Tom Melbourne, $11 Sovereign Nation, $13 All Our Roads, Material Man, Shillelagh, $15 Cosmic Storm, Gatting, Ulmann, $17 Egg Tart, Religify, Royal Star, $21 Pounamu, State Solicitor, Variation, $26 Burning Front, Life Less Ordinary, Sense Of Occasion, $34 or better the rest.

Weights for the 2017 Railway Stakes (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x75x3235 BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir 59kg
2 3x1119x033 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 7 James Cummings 58.5kg
3 21x105x100 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 58kg
4 12x211x273 SCALES OF JUSTICE G 5 Lindsey Smith 57.5kg 111
5 16x1611x22 RELIGIFY G 7 Chris Waller 55.5kg
6 x3361x8899 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 55.5kg
7 x94010x731 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 55kg
8 905×222262 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 55kg
9 x21214x550 SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet 54.5kg
10 11x12x9L54 STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir 54.5kg
11 3521111×22 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 54.5kg
12 36x130x614 ULMANN G 6 Darren Weir 54.5kg
13 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT G 7 Darren Weir 54kg
15 2x060x0057 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 54kg
16 612×054420 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 54kg
17 557x135x08 CALDERON (IRE) H 5 Tony McEvoy 53.5kg
18 22186×5232 GREAT SHOT G 5 Rhys Radford 53.5kg 103
19 6495×84730 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 53.5kg
20 090122×211 SILVERSTREAM M 6 Adam Durrant 53.5kg 103
21 226216×354 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 53kg
22 x650220657 AMOVATIO G 7 Chris Waller 53kg
23 1240×54277 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 53kg
24 171×111895 BOLLYWOOD BLITZ G 6 Craig Wright 53kg 87
25 1381310×28 CANTBUYBETTER G 6 Ben Currie 53kg
26 1612x9725x CHOCOLATE HOLIC G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 53kg
27 1784924×89 CORPORATE LARRIKIN G 8 Angela Smith 53kg 83
28 13x1511x46 COSMIC STORM M 6 Grant & Alana Williams 53kg 93
29 5676356×00 DARK MUSKET G 6 Graeme Ballantyne 53kg 76
30 292490×730 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
31 0x5358x185 DISPOSITION G 6 Adam Durrant 53kg 102
32 21x58777x0 DJANGO G 6 Alan Mathews 53kg 81
33 x2325x0636 ECHO EFFECT G 4 Kristen Buchanan 53kg
34 x11111x270 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 53kg
35 x2220x7050 ELLICAZOOM M 4 Neville Parnham 53kg
36 024105×877 FRENCH EMOTION M 6 Chris Waller 53kg
37 x82413x651 GATTING G 4 Darren Mcauliffe 53kg 94
38 0472x5x690 GOOD PROJECT H 6 Chris Waller 53kg
39 8x11132x61 GUNNAGO G 4 Jason Pateman 53kg 76
40 0x160x6000 HE OR SHE G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
41 8×98723303 IHTSAHYMN G 7 Fred Kersley 53kg 92
42 x122x25392 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 53kg
43 40x0x65359 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 53kg
44 5x11113x79 MAN BOOKER G 5 Daniel Morton 53kg 101
45 43325×2266 MAN OF HIS WORD G 5 Bruce Hill 53kg
46 x3131456x4 MASK OF TIME (IRE) H 4 Hugo Palmer 53kg
47 12x31114x1 MATERIAL MAN G 6 Justin Warwick 53kg 96
48 x152161158 METEOROID M 6 Simon A Miller 53kg 95
49 2124x80x63 MOSSERATTI G 6 Cliff Green 53kg 73
50 62745×6552 NEW TIPPERARY G 5 Joseph Pride 53kg
51 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 7 John Sadler 53kg
52 2x27x56306 OMEI SWORD M 4 Chris Waller 53kg
53 03x512x732 PAYROLL M 5 Richard Laming 53kg
54 8321983839 PETROLOGY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
55 20×2511336 PINZU (NZ) G 5 Adam Durrant 53kg 87
56 111x4963x1 POUNAMU G 6 Alan Mathews 53kg 96
57 4197×88732 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 53kg
58 344300×578 RED ORA G 6 Daniel Morton 53kg 87
59 11612×15 ROYAL STAR M 4 Grant & Alana Williams 53kg 78
60 11x151x10 SALORSCI G 4 Jeff Noske 53kg 79
61 1x2x212720 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
62 x7389x1134 SILVERA G 4 Tony McEvoy 53kg
63 76×1531427 SOVEREIGN NATION G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
64 1x116x61x1 STATE SOLICITOR G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 53kg 92
65 43×1980687 TASHBEEH H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53kg
66 1431110×90 TONKATUFF H 5 Brad Graham 53kg 79
67 x311116x44 TOUCH OF SILVER G 5 Adam Durrant 53kg 76
68 35753x0x37 TRADESMAN G 6 Robert & Todd Harvey 53kg 93
69 x211511x32 VARIATION G 4 Stephen Miller 53kg 91
70 326121×222 WAR JEUNE G 5 Steve Wolfe 53kg 75
71 27306×5373 WHISPERING BROOK M 4 Simon A Miller 53kg 88

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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