Brad Rawiller is like a kid on Christmas Eve, the 38-year-old hoop itching to hop back into the ring with his Group 1 partner in crime, Black Heart Bart, in Saturday’s $1 million Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville.
The five-time G1-winner, one of Australia’s best gallopers, hasn’t been to the races for close to three months.
After completing the C F Orr Stakes - Futurity Stakes G1 double in February, Black Heart Bart became cast in his box on the eve of the G2 Blamey Stakes (March 18). He took chunks of skin off between his hock and his hips and was forced to miss the G1 Doncaster Mile on April 1.
Rawiller, who has ridden the former Western Australian (now with master trainer Darren Weir) to victory on six occasions (from 10 rides), is in no doubt that Black Heart Bart is spot on for his tilt at consecutive Goodwood successes.
“It was painful missing Sydney because you build yourself up for it,” Rawiller told G1X.com.au.
“I’m really happy with him and I’m very much looking forward to renewing our association. Obviously I’ve been riding him in work, but race day is another level.
“I’m more confident t...