Black Heart Bart fancied for winning return in 2017 P.B. Lawrence Stakes

all too hardGroup racing returns to Caulfield tomorrow for 2017 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day with star gallopers Hartnell and Black Heart Bart set to resume in the Group 2 feature race.

Online bookmaker William Hill has the Darren Weir trained Black Heart Bart race favourite at $2.60, with Hartnell, from the James Cummings stable, second pick at $3.30.

Now a seven-year-old, Black Hart Bart disappointed in his two runs prior to a spell.

After capturing the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in classy style at Caulfield in February, he headed to Adelaide to run unplaced in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville, before trekking to Brisbane to finish fifth in the Group 1 BTC Cup at Eagle Farm.

His first-up record shows 8 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds, while his fresh form is 6 starts for 5 wins and a second, suggesting he is the one to beat.

Add the fact that he’s four from four over this course and distance and will be trained to the minute by the state’s leading trainer, then he’s a worthy favourite.

Hartnell last stepped out in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in April where once again he finished runner-up to champion mare Winx.

It’s worth noting that the Godolphin owned 7yo is yet to win in seven first-up runs, although he’s finished second on three occasions.

Darren Weir trains the next four in betting including Tosen Stardom $8.50, Humidor $9.50, Star Exhibit $11.00 and Gailo Chop $23.00.

His sixth and final runner is $41.00 Amelie’s Star at the big odds of $34.00.

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The first race on the nine-event card at Caulfield kicks off at 12.20pm with the final event getting underway at 5.15pm, with the 2017 P.B. Lawrence Stakes set down for Race 7 at 4.00pm.

2017 P.B. Lawrence Stakes odds

$2.60 Black Heart Bart
$3.30 Hartnell
$8.50 Tosen Stardom
$9.50 Humidor
$11.00 Star Exhibit
$23.00 Gailo Chop
$23.00 He’s Our Rokkii
$26.00 Charmed Harmony
$26.00 Montoya’s Secret
$34.00 Abbey Marie
$41.00 Amelie’s Star
$51.00 Tashbeeh

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