West wins weight game

The Courier-Mail - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

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.

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