Former WA galloper Black Heart Bart recorded his first G1 victory in winning the SWP Darley Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville; it was another G1 for Darren Weir after he trained Howard Be Thy Name to victory in the South Australian Derby at Morphettville the previous Saturday. Black Heart Bart was given a superb ride by Brad Rawiller slicing through the field to hit the front with about 200m to go; Under The Louvre and Supido challenged strongly over the final stages but Black Heart Bart was clearly the best horse on the day. Black Heart Bart has been in great form since being transferred to Weir and he thoroughly deserved his first success at the highest level. Black Heart Bart will now head to Brisbane for the G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm and in his current form he is a major contender. It was a strong edition of the Goodwood and there were a number of good runs including rapidly improving 3-Y-O Faatinah.
In contrast to the Goodwood this year's Doomben Cup over 2000m at WFA was a very average edition and it was left to Our Ivanhowe to record his first G1 victory in Australia; it has been a great week for Lee and Anthony Freedman who followed their win with Malaguerra in the G1 BTC Cup with Our Ivanhowe's G1 win in the Doomben Cup. Our Ivanhowe was given a perfect ride from Kerrin McEvoy and Our Ivanhowe proved too strong for the John O'Shea pair of Hauraki and It's Somewhat. Our Ivanhowe was a dual G1 winner in Germany but he has struggled to recapture that form since his arrival downunder; now that Our Ivanhowe has found the winner's circle again he could be ready to find his best form. Leebaz was a convincing winner of the Hollindale Stakes at his previous start but the Team Hawkes-trained gelding finished an abysmal second-last in the Doomben Cup.
Other Group winners at Doomben were Snippets Land in the BRC Sprint, Kebede in the Roses for 3-Y-O fillies and Counterattack in the Fred Best Classic for 3-Y-O. Religify was backed for a fortune in the BRC Sprint and he thoroughly deserved to win after working hard to hold the lead but Snippets Land sprouted wings over the concluding stages to snatch victory from Religify right on the line; Snippets Land can go on with it now he has returned to the winner's circle. Counterattack proved a class above his rivals sitting three-wide without cover and powering-away in the Fred Best Classic; Counterattack will now target the G1 Stradbroke and he is certain to be a major threat. One runner to follow from Doomben is the John O'Shea-trained 2-Y-O Archives which just won the Listed Hampden Stakes; Archives improved significantly on his debut-third at Rosehill and he will continue to improve.
Group winners at Morphettville were I Am A Star in the National Stakes for 2-Y-O, Chaubaud in the SA Fillies Classic, Tonopah in the Lee Stakes and Runway Star in the Proud Miss Stakes. After an average debut-run at Caulfield I Am A Star has been impressive winning at Fleington and Morphettville at her last two starts and the daughter of I Am Invincible has a very bright future. Tonopah made it back-to-back wins and he is sure to be very competitive in his future runs this preparation; however it was Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance which stole the show with a cracking second to Tonopah. Prince Of Penzance continues to improve and it will be no surprise if he is a serious contender again in the Spring. Zanteca and Gabella were strong Listed-race winners and they are still on the improve.
HORSES TO FOLLOW
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