Black Heart Bart will be given his chance to turn the tables on Winx in the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.
The Darren Weir-trained six-year-old finished two lengths behind Chris Waller’s star mare in the Caulfield Stakes after leading the field of three and Weir confirmed that as long as he comes through the run well then he’d take his place in the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.
“There’s no reason not to (go to the Cox Plate) after today’s run,” Weir said.
“We’ll just see how he pulls up and take it from there but I was happy with the run.”
Managing-owner Kim Renner said the ownership group were also keen to press on to the Cox Plate.
“We wanted Winx to lead today; we won’t be leading in the Cox Plate. It will be a very different race come Cox Plate Day,” Renner said.
Jockey Brad Rawiller said he was ‘rapt’ with Black Heart Bart’s performance to finish within two lengths of Winx after leading.
“She didn’t trounce us, she was too good on the day but the Cox Plate will be a different race with a different level of pressure,” Rawiller said.
“No doubt my horse is better when he is chasing so bring it on still.
“She is what she is, the best horse in Australia and she was that today but in two weeks’ time, who knows and my horse is right in it.”