West wins weight game
DARREN Weir’s star Black Heart Bart will bypass Sandown Hillside on Saturday as he heads to Perth to tackle the $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot a week later.
Weir had Black Heart Bart entered for two races at Sandown Hillside but when he found out he had been given 59kg in Perth, that swayed him to head interstate with him.
“I had the race in mind for sometime and when he got 59kg that confirmed he’d be going as that’s what I hoped to get,” Weir said.
“He’ll go over with Ulmann who’ll also run in the Railway Stakes.”
It will be the former Perth galloper’s first start in his home state since he joined Weir’s stables.
Black Heart Bart hasn’t started since he finished fifth in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on October 1.
Weir will back-up Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Big Duke in the Zipping Classic (2400m) on Saturday at Sandown Hillside in the hope of winning the race for the first time.
“He ran really well. He couldn’t have gone any better and he’s come through the race really well,” Weir said.
He will also run Gallic Chieftain in the Sandown Cup (3200m).
Gallic Chieftain finished fifth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but Weir said he would have finished closer with a better ride.
Weir will have a strong representation at Sandown Hill- side as Raw Impulse will run in the Eclipse Stakes, Burning Front in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, and Lucky Hussler in the Sandown Stakes.
Two of his unlucky Flemington runners, Snitzepeg and Tamasa, will run in the Sandown Guineas (1600m).
TWO Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards are recovering after they were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba.
The stewards, from the commission’s Integrity Regu- lation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Toowoomba property yesterday when they were approached by an industry participant.
It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into their eyes.
It’s further alleged he then stole the keys from a QRIC vehicle and drove off in his own vehicle.
The stewards were picked up by an ambulance and transported for medical treatment.
A 73-year-old man is wanted for questioning with detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad investigating the incident with the assistance of Toowoomba police.
GOING HOME: Black Heart Bart is off to Perth.