He might have only just won the single race, a Bunbury maiden just two starts back, but Black Heart Bart has been the best backed runner to win the final lead up to the Railway Stakes (1600m), the R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m).
The winner gets automatic entry into the Group l next week, so a win is needed for the four year old, and punters at Sportsbet.com.au think that he can win on the weekend, with the gelding firming to $3.20 from $3.50.
Second pick in betting is the talented mare Miss Rose De Lago, who was an impressive trial winner earlier in the week. She opened at $4 and hasn’t budged, while Respondent opened $4.40 and has eased out a touch to $4.60.
Outside the favoured runners, the only action has been at the very top, with Express Service firming to $21 from $26 despite disappointing recent form behind him.
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R.J. Peters Stakes
$3.20 Black Heart Bart
$4.00 Miss Rose De Lago
$12 Bass Strait