Perth sprint­ers tackle Good­wood

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TWO for­mer Perth sprint­ers have been the best sup­ported ahead of the $1 mil­lion Group One Good­wood at Mor­phettville to­day.

A 10-time win­ner in Western Aus­tralia be­fore head­ing east, the Dar­ren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart is chas­ing suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries in Ade­laide’s premier sprint while Vega Magic is hav­ing his first start for Lind­say Park since leav­ing Perth.

Vega Magic has been sup­ported from as much as $11 to share the sec­ond line of betting at $6.50 with Se­cret Agenda while Black Heart Bart re­mains the $3.50 favourite.

Senior Lind­say Park trainer David Hayes says Vega Magic has taken the sta­ble by sur­prise.

“Orig­i­nally we were go­ing to run him up the straight at Flem­ing­ton,” Hayes told Mel­bourne ra­dio RSN927. “When I got him I thought we’d do that and back off him and then train him for those early spring races that Black Heart Bart went for last year. But he worked like such a good horse. I think he’s got a Group One in him and maybe first-up.

“The times he runs and the way he does it on our tracks ex­cites us all.”

Black Heart Bart is aim­ing to be­come the first horse since Mus­ket Belle in 1911/12 to win the race in suc­ces­sive years. JOCKEY Re­gan Bayliss is ex­pected to be side­lined for sev­eral weeks af­ter break­ing his wrist in a fall at Gee­long. Bayliss was rid­ing the Lind­say Park-trained Am­schel in a maiden yes­ter­day when the two-year-old fell about 200m af­ter the start.

He has been re­placed by Cory Parish on Faati­nah in to­day’s Group One Good­wood at Mor­phettville.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL KLEIN

Black Heart Bart and jockey Brad Raw­iller won the Group 1 Fu­tu­rity stakes at Caulfield in Fe­bru­ary

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