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Black Heart Bart comes up with inside gate in Kingston Town Classic

  • Bart to jump from same barrier as former stablemate Stratum Star
  • Pike looking for another Perfect result on 3YO filly
Brad Rawiller riding Black Heart Bart

Black Heart Bart will get the chance to rack up his sixth Group 1 victory when he jumps from barrier 1 in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.

Trainer Darren Weir tasted success in the race last year with Stratum Star from the inside gate, while Moriarty also saluted from barrier 1 in 2014.

Black Heart Bart produced an eye-catching run to narrowly miss when finishing 2nd to Great Shot in last fortnight’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), but he meets his last start victor much better at the weights under weight-for-age conditions.

Three-year-olds have a great record in this race having claimed 12 of the past 34 renewals, and in 2017, Achernar Star, Money Maher and Perfect Jewel will represent that age bracket.

Leading local hoop William Pike saluted in 2015 aboard three-year-old filly Perfect Reflection, and on Saturday he’ll be looking to score on Perfect Jewel from barrier 9.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller will saddle up three runners including Railway Stakes 3rd placegetter Tom Melbourne who will jump from gate 7, while stablemates All Our Roads and Life Less Ordinary have come up with barriers 14 and 5 respectively.

2017 Kingston Town Classic field and barriers:

1. BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir - Brad Rawiller (1) 59kg
2. IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA) James Cummings – Brenton Avdulla (11) 59kg
3. GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford - Craig Staples (12) 59kg
4. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller - Damien Oliver (7) 59kg
5. POUNAMU Alan Mathews - Patrick Carbery (8) 59kg
6. MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick - Mitchell Pateman (6) 59kg
7. ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller - Michael Walker (14) 59kg
8. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller - Douglas Whyte (5) 59kg
9. GATTING Darren Mc Auliffe - Lee Newman (13) 58.5kg
10. SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant - Brad Parnham (15) 57kg
11. COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams - Jarrad Noske (3) 57kg
12. ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams - Jarrad Noske (10) 56.5kg
13. ACHERNAR STAR Simon A. Miller - Chris Parnham (4) 52kg
14. MONEY MAHER Daniel & Ben Pearce - Joseph Azzopardi (2) 52kg
15. PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams - William Pike (9) 50kg

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Black Heart Bart comes up with inside gate in Kingston Town Classic

Black Heart Bart will get the chance to rack up his sixth Group 1 victory when he jumps from barrier 1 in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.

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