Western Australian can claim another Group 1 feature this weekend in South Australia adding to star filly Delicacy’s smart win in last Saturday’s S.A Derby.
In this weekend’s Darley Goodwood Black Heart Bart resumes from a short spell and will represent the Western state. Trained by Vaugn Sigley at Lark Hill, Black Heart Bart ($4.80 with TAB.com.au) won four consecutive stakes races last preparation and although the Goodwood is a huge jump in class he seems to be getting better with maturity and racing. Black Heart Bart only won his maiden in October and has since roared through the classes with some stunning wins. At his last run before a break the 4 year old carried 61 kilograms to win a listed race at Bunbury by over 5 lengths. I have not lost sight of the enormous task ahead of him in Group 1 company on Saturday but as a progressive horse in great form with a good barrier I think Black Heart Bart has earned his place in The Goodwood.
The local’s best chance of keeping the Goodwood trophy in south Australia clearly lies with outstanding 4 year old Hucklebuck ($4.20 favourite). Already a Group 1 winner after taking the Emirates Stakes at Flemington last Spring Hucklebuck is another horse that seems to be getting better with age. Trainer Phillip Stokes has intentionally kept his star galloper fresh knowing that “Huck” often produces his best runs when first up in a campaign. In fact his first up record reads 4 starts for 3 wins and a placing. He is also unbeaten over the 1200 metres at Morphettville. Under the modern set weights and penalties conditions of the Goodwood Hucklebuck is not harshly treated with 58.5 kilograms and should enjoy the run of the race from gate 3.
The G1 Goodwood is set to jump at 4:18pm (AEST)! Check out the full TAB.com.au market here.
Also commanding enormous respect is lightly raced Victorian galloper Yesterday’s Songs ($21) from the Michael Moroney stable. A veteran of just 7 race starts the gelding by Henrythenavigator is coming off a last start 2nd in the Mackay quality stakes 2 weeks ago. In that race Yesterday’s Songs settled back in the field before unleashing a strong finish to only be beaten a little over a length. Drawing towards the outside this week I can see Jake Noonan getting back again and hoping for some luck in the straight for a strong run on.
I see Smokin Joey ($23) the winner of this race last year along with last start Group 3 winner Thermal Current ($18) as rough chances in the high quality sprint.
The Goodwood will be a great Sprint with horses from all over Australia but I’m tipping that Western Australia will be celebrating a Group 1 winner for the second week in a row.
Don’t forget Racing Retro will have a full review of all of Saturday’s great racing from Morphettville, Scone and the Sunshine Coast this Sunday morning at 9 am (AEST). I hope you can tune in!