Pro­lific part­ner

Raw­iller out to en­hance record on warhorse Bar t

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICKSON

THEY say it’s hard for a horse to win one race, but jockey Brad Raw­iller has plenty of form when it comes to strik­ing up a suc­cess­ful as­so­ci­a­tion with horse.

Raw­iller will be chas­ing his sev­enth win at ride num­ber 11 on board Black Heart Bart, and sixth Group 1 level, in to­mor­row’s $1m Dar­ley Good­wood (1200m) at Mor­phettville.

But ‘Bart’ is still sev­eral wins away from be­ing Raw­iller’s win­ningest mount.

That ti­tle is held by for­mer Horse Of The Year Week­end Hus­sler with 11 wins and could well be matched by Black Heart Bart’s sta­ble­mate Burn­ing Front on to­mor­row’s Good­wood un­der­card.

Black Heart Bart is also chas­ing a piece of his­tory in at­tempt­ing to be the first horse in 105 years to win back-to-back Good­woods.

Raw­iller has the ut­most con­fi­dence in su­per con­sis­tent six-year-old who hasn’t raced since com­plet­ing the Orr-Fu­tu­rity dou­ble at Caulfield in Fe­bru­ary.

“He has a great will to win and it’s lot of fun be rid­ing him,” Raw­iller said.

“He’s built up a great record, is very ver­sa­tile and is a plea­sure to be rid­ing.”

While Black Heart Bart was beaten first-up last prepa­ra­tion over 1200m, by Good­wood ri­val Mala­guerra, he was com­ing off a Cox Plate prepa­ra­tion.

Raw­iller said that should be re­mem­bered in con­sid­er­ing his chances.

“(The Aus­tralia Stakes) was never the tar­get, it was al­ways Orr,” he said.

“Mala­guerra beat us fair and square but ran dom­i­nant sec­ond.

“It’s a bit dif­fer­ent go­ing into this race, it’s a Group 1 and even though it wasn’t orig­i­nally his tar­get he will run su­per well I’m sure.”

In aim­ing to be the first dual win­ner since Mus­kett Belle (1911/12), Black Heart Bart will jump from an iden­ti­cal bar­rier to last year.

“There’s a mil­lion things you could say, drawn two

still get held up, but I’d much pre­fer to be where he is,” Raw­iller said.

Burn­ing Front and Raw­iller have com­bined for 10 wins from just 18 rides so far and the re­mark­able fron­trun­ner will again take beat­ing in the Group 3 $250,000 Hughes Li­mousines Lee Stakes (1600m).

The six-year-old took his earn­ings past $1 mil­lion with a pre­dictable vic­tory in the VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield four weeks ago.

“It was pain­less to some ex­tent but I wouldn’t say it like a bar­rier trial,” Raw­iller said.

“He was the best horse in the race and well weighted so it hap­pened the way it should.”

Just like Black Heart Bart, Raw­iller said you can al­ways be con­fi­dent when legged on board Burn­ing Front that he’ll put in 100 per cent.

While Week­end Hus­sler will al­ways be spe­cial to Raw­iller, the 38-year-old marked Slalom (1995) as a mem­o­rable horse among those he’s been most suc­cess­ful on.

“Slalom is one of my all time favourites, even though he didn’t have the abil­ity of some of these horses he was a star in his own way,” said.

“He would al­ways give you every­thing.”

Brad Raw­iller will be chas­ing his sev­enth win aboard Black Hear t Bar t in the Dar­ley Good­wood to­mor­row

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