newsCO.com.au | Black Heart Bart victory to be dedicated to late owner Craig Delacy

December 8, 2017

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2017-12-08 04:27:00

STAR galloper Black Heart Bart can provide an emotional postscript to an exceptionally tough week for his connections by winning Saturday’s $1 million Kingston Town Classic following the sudden death of one of the part-owners Craig Delacy on Wednesday.

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The super consistent seven-year-old is the $2.90 favourite to take out the last Group 1 of the calendar year after narrowly missing out in the Railway Stakes a fortnight ago.

Delacy’s passing has shocked all associated with the Black Heart Bart story, and a win at Ascot on Saturday can provide a fitting tribute to a man who loved his racing.

“It was a shock,” Jarrod McLean, travelling foreman for Darren Weir, said on Friday after putting the finishing touches on Black Heart Bart’s preparations.

“He was only 43. He was here for the Railway and he actually sent us a facebook message on Wednesday, the day of his passing.”

Black Heart Bart’s jockey Brad Rawiller expressed his sorrow after developing a close connection with Delacy during the horse’s many successes.

He said emotions will be on display in the mounting yard on Saturday, regardless of how the horse performs.

The much-loved galloper was originally bought by senior part-owner Kim Renner for $20,000 at the 2012 Perth Yearling Sales, with Craig Delacy, Ian McCarthy, Arthur Psaltis and Dave Richardson joining him in the ownership group.

Black Heart Bart has now won almost $4 million and has taken his career to a higher plain since moving to the Weir stable in Victoria.

“He is a Victorian now, but it would be great to see him win (the Kingston Town Classic) because he is as well loved here (in Perth) as he is back in Victoria,” McLean said.

McLean said the stable was confident the horse was “good to go” after a trot and canter, and a quick trip to the beach on Friday morning.

“He has come on really well,” he said. “We were confident last time (in the Railway, where he ran a narrow second to Great Shot), but you can only do so much at home. It was 50-something days between runs. He has taken benefit from the (Railway) run and he hasn’t gone backwards.”

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“The weight-for-age really brings him into it. He has won at 1800m and there are a lot of things in his favour.”

Meanwhile, Chris Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior believes Life Less Ordinary might be the stable’s best hope from its three runners in the Kingston Town Classic, ahead of perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne and All Our Roads.

Speaking on TAB Radio, Prior said: “I am warming to Life Less Ordinary, he has been set for the race. We bypassed the Railway to come here, but it is still going to be a tough ask beating Black Heart Bart (under) weight-for-age conditions.”

Life Less Ordinary hasn’t run since being a fast-finishing and luckless second to Odean on Melbourne Cup Day, with the stable realising this campaign the horse races better when fresh.

“He has travelled to Perth in perfect order and probably did the best of the three when he arrived,” Prior said. “I think he is right in the race.”

He said Life Less Ordinary and Tom Melbourne, who has placed in five of his past six starts, including a close third in the Railway Stakes, were both “flying”. He was also hopeful that All Our Roads could perform well if he settled in the running.

Life Less Ordinary is $13 with the TAB, while Tom Melbourne is $8. All Our Roads is listed as a $23 chance.

KINGSTON TOWN CLASSIC (1800m)

Race 8, Ascot, tonight 7.50pm (EST)

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$8 Tom Melbourne

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$13 Life Less Ordinary

$19 Great Shot

$23 Pounamu, Material Man, All Our Roads, Money Maker

$41 Cosmic Storm, Royal Star

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