Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Wide draw no barrier for Black Heart Bart, says jockey Glenn Smith   Leave a comment

Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Wide draw no barrier for Black Heart Bart, says jockey Glenn Smith

Black Heart Bart didn’t have much luck at the barrier draw on Wednesday.

Black Heart Bart didn’t have much luck at the barrier draw on Wednesday. Source: News Corp Australia

STRADBROKE wildcard Black Heart Bart can still win the big race according to his regular jockey Glenn Smith, despite drawing barrier 17 on Wednesday.

The emerging West Australian star will start from barrier 14 if the emergencies do not run, but Smith said as long as he got more luck than he did in his last-start Goodwood appearance in Adelaide, he was a huge chance.

“We were hoping for a mid-draw, so 17 is not ideal, but I don’t think it’s going to upset him too much,” Smith said. “Hopefully the pace will be on and he can find his feet with a bit of cover.

“He’s a horse that can maintain a long sprint. He can sprint for 500m if he needs to. His best position, in my opinion, is when he races midfield or worse.

“It was a top run in the Goodwood. He was two lengths further back than we wanted to be. The runner next to him was playing up and he was on the back foot when the gates opened.

Jockey Glenn Smith says Black Heart Bart has the ability to overcome an awkward draw. Pic

Jockey Glenn Smith says Black Heart Bart has the ability to overcome an awkward draw. Picture: Jono Searle Source:News Corp Australia

“He got out in time but the leaders had a fresh pad to work with and it was too hard to make up ground. He was still able to get past Lucky Hussler and a couple of Group 1 winners.”

Black Heart Bart has won seven of his 19 starts.

His winning streak came to an end when fourth in the Goodwood, but he lost few admirers in the way he worked to the line and the extra 150m on Saturday is going to be ideal.

$2 million STRADBROKE HANDICAP (1350m)

Group 1, Doomben, Saturday 3.37pm

1. BOBAN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8 58kg

2. HOT SNITZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 16 55.5kg

3. SACRED STAR Tony Pike Zac Purton 5 55kg

4. SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Chris Symons 10 54.5kg

5. GENERALIFE John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 21 54.5kg

6. TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 14 54.5kg

7. LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Tommy Berry 3 54kg

8. CHARLIE BOY Peter & Paul Snowden Craig Williams 7 54kg

9. KNOYDART John O’Shea James McDonald 4 54kg

10. BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 9 53.5kg

11. BLACK HEART BART Vaughn Sigley Glenn Smith 17 53.5kg

12. FONTELINA Anthony Cummings —— 19 53.5kg

13. EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Timothy Bell 2 53.5kg

14. SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 1 53kg

15. FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Newitt 6 53kg

16. DELECTATION Chris Waller Glen Boss 11 52kg

17e. LUMOSTY Robert Smerdon Corey Brown 13 50.5kg

18e. ROCK STURDY Joseph Pride Tim Clark 12 53kg

19e. FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 20 53kg

20e. RIVA DE LAGO Robert Heathcote —— 15 52kg

21e. TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens —— 18 52kg

BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS

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Posted June 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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