Weir sta­ble to dom­i­nate in the Bletch­ingly

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork -

PRE­MIER trainer Dar­ren Weir is ex­pected to have at least four run­ners in Mel­bourne’s fi­nal stakes race of the sea­son, the Group 3 Bletch­ingly Stakes, while con­nec­tions of Na­ture Strip have op­tions in two states.

Na­ture Strip could head to Ade­laide for Satur­day’s Listed Light­ning Stakes (1050m) but Weir said a fi­nal de­ci­sion had not been made, with the ex­cit­ing geld­ing to also be nom­i­nated for Satur­day’s weight­for-age Bletch­ingly (1200m) at Caulfield.

“The horse is go­ing great so which­ever race he runs in he’s go­ing to run very well,” Weir said.

Weir said the ap­peal of the Light­ning Stakes was that it was re­stricted to two and three-year- olds and would be a slight step back in dis­tance to 1050m.

“We’ll prob­a­bly ac­cept in both and have a look,” Weir said.

“( The Light­ning) is for two and three-year- olds, it’s 1050 me­tres and it’s a $100,000 race.

“It just looks like nice race for him, be­cause he just over­trav­elled a bit last start. And I’d love to see him with a sit one day.”

Weir has last-start Sir John Monash Stakes win­ner Voodoo Lad head­ing to the Bletch­ingly along with mul­ti­ple Group 1 win­ner Black Heart Bart who is set to make his re­turn.

Sta­ble­mates Cam­dus, win­ner of the All Vic­to­rian Sprint Series Fi­nal last start, and Man From Un­cle are also sched­uled to head to the Bletch­ingly.

“Voodoo Lad and Black Heart Bart are the two main ones ob­vi­ously we’ll have Man From Un­cle and Cam­dus as well,” Weir said. “They’re in good shape.” Voodoo Lad stormed home from last to win the Monash (1100m) at Caulfield last Satur­day week.

“He’s a great horse on his day. When things go his way and he gets the right ride, he’s ex­plo­sive.”

Weir is happy with the way Black Heart Bart is com­ing along as he heads to­wards Group 1 Mem­sie Stakes in early Septem­ber.

“He’ll be a bit un­der­done but he’s great,” Weir said.

go to the Bletch­ingly into the Lawrence and then

Mem­sie third-up.” Weir said Hu­mi­dor, Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream and Ja­panese im­port Danon Lib­erty were all likely to kick off their cam­paigns in the P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) next month.

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