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Bart's Second Underwood One for The Ages
Sunday’s amazing blast-from-the-past Gr1 Underwood Stakes victory was truly one for the ages, with the 9YO gelding backed up by third-placed 9YO gelding Gailo Chop. A $20,000 Magic Millions Perth yearling way back in 2012, six-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart won the race in 2016, and trainer Lindsey Smith was hopeful leading into the Underwood Stakes after solid performances in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes and Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke a week prior. "We thought getting him to 1800 (would be better) so he wasn't chasing all the time - it was a good result. It was a bit unexpected I must say,” commented Smith. “It's great for the owner who copped a bit of flack (for putting him back in training) and he got his reward today.” It was an emotional win for jockey Brad Rawiller who has ridden Black Heart Bart to many of his biggest wins that have now tallied $4.46 million. "A master training effort," Rawiller said of Lindsey Smith's efforts with the comeback warrior. "I've won a Golden Slipper and a Caulfield Cup and never looked like getting teary and I am nearly in tears," Rawiller added. Anyone who’d included Bart in the $60,000-odd quaddie probably felt the same.