Prolific Perth winner Black Heart Bart will be transferred to Lindsay Park trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig to be prepared for the 2016 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Under the guidance of top local trainer Vaughn Sigley, Black Heart Bart has been able to win ten races in Perth from his twenty-five career starts, with his best win being the Group 2 $250,000 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot during this year’s Summer Carnival.
At his two runs since the Blackfriars five year old finished fourth to the Chris Waller trained Good Project in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 21 and then failed to handle the handle track when ninth to Perth’s new super star Perfect Reflection in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot last Saturday.
Sigley said that a run in the Group 2 $250,000 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot on Saturday week is still up in the air but the owners have made contact with Tom Dabernig and he said that Lindsay Park are happy to take over the training of Black Heart Bart.
“For the horse and the owners, I think that’s the best move,” Sigley told The West Australian.
“They’ve spoken to Tom Dabernig and they’re more than happy to have him.
“There’s just not enough for him here and there are plenty of options over there.
“I’ve suggested they’re better off spelling him there.”
Sigley ventured to the Eastern States with Black Heart Bart during the Autumn and Winter months this year where he ran fourth to the Peter Moody trained Flamberge in the Group 1 $500,000 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 16.
He then failed to fire when last of fifteen behind Srikandi in the Group 1 $2m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Black Heart Bart was in top form at the beginning of the Perth Carnival and prior to winning the Lee Steere Stakes had scored a first up win in the Listed $100,000 Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont on October 3 followed by a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 21.
Black Heart Bart has earned $892,930 in prizemoney and bonuses from his ten wins, five seconds and two thirds.