Rawiller out to enhance record on warhorse Bar t
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