Black Heart Bart finished over the top of his rivals to record a maiden win at black type level in the 2014 Carbine Club Of Western Australia Stakes at Ascot this afternoon.
Miss Rose De Lago was well backed in the lead-up to the Carbine Club Of Western Australia Stakes and she jumped straight to the lead from the inside barrier, but she was not given an easy time of it in front; with Crown Lawyer and New Time making sure that the race was run at genuine tempo.
The three leaders kicked away from the rest of the field at the top of the straight and looked as though they would fight out the finish, but Black Heart Bart worked home strongly in the final 100 metres to record just the second win of his racing career, while Real Love also made up good ground late to finish second.
Black Heart Bart overraced on a slow tempo in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last Saturday and trainer Vaughn Sigley confirmed that Blackfriars gelding was a much better horse when given the chance to settle towards the tail of the field.
“He likes the pace on and he didn’t get it last week and he was a bit stiff, so it is good to get there today and get this,” Sigley said.
“We thought they would (set a quick early tempo) and that is what he appreciates.
“He likes to be out in the open and you can see what he can do in the finish.”
Black Heart Bart has competed at Group level for the majority of his racing career to date, but Sigley believes that the four-year-old still has plenty of improvement in front of him and is confident that he will be an ever better horse when he returns to Ascot for the 2015 Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
“We will just have a look,” Sigley said about his future plans for Black Heart Bart.
“We are not too worried about pushing on to quickly and there is quiet a few good races coming on right through the year, so probably next year again he will be back here for the summer carnival.
“I think he will be a better horse and he will be a lot mentally better.”
There was plenty of money for Miss Rose De Lago in the lead-up to the Carbine Club Stakes, but she tired badly in the final stages of the race and finished towards the tail of the field.