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Black Heart Bart in Top Shape for Gr1
Darren Weir says he is thrilled with the condition of Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) leading into Saturday's Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot. The 5-time Gr1 winner is the clear $3.50 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $1 million summer feature after his excellent second (beaten just 0.15 length) to Great Shot in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) two weeks ago. That was Black Heart Bart's first start in nearly two months and Weir says he has improved significantly from the run after watching him gallop with stable-mate Ulmann at Lindsey Smith's Perth stable on Saturday. "Bart's good," Weir told the West Australian. "His work was good. We're fortunate enough to have Lindsey let us use his place." He added: "Bart has settled in to the routine there and it's just what he needed. All thing's being well, he's heading into the race in good shape." The barrier draw for the Kingston Town Classic takes place today.