Jockey Luke Currie believes a strong trial tune up has Blue Diamond winner Artorius ready to fire in his bid to claim a sensational juvenile double in next Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
Currie made the trip to Sydney for one ride at Randwick trials and it was aboard the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained colt in a 1050m heat on Thursday morning.
The son of Flying Artie was making his first public appearance since his slashing Blue Diamond win as he prepares for next week’s $3.5 million event and a shot at history.
It’s been a decade since Sepoy became the last horse to win both the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper.
While it wasn’t the perfect display from Artorius after beginning slowly, the colt showed his class when working home from the back to finish a neck off the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Harley Street.
A big finish from @FreedmanRacing's Golden Slipper third favourite ($7) Artorius into a close second in a @royalrandwick trial behind @Freedman_bros Harley Street with Riduna third and Captivant close up. @[email protected]/VFad5LtF1v
The winner clocked 1:03.50 seconds (last 600m in 35.62) for the heat.
Currie, who won last Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap on Zoutori, felt Artorius gained good experience from the trial at his first look at the Sydney way of going.
“He was good late after he wasn’t that quick out of the machine and on a tight turning track he wanted to race away from them a bit,” he said.
“Once he got inside one corner he was better and takes a bit to wind up but hit the line well.
“I am happy with him. He had a good blow and fitness wise it should top him off nicely.
“He’s had a beautiful prep with not too many runs so hopefully he can get a nice draw next week.”
Luke Currie rides Artorius to win the Blue Diamond at Caulfield. Photo: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Artorius is a $7 third favourite with TAB.com.au for the Golden Slipper with Profiteer ($5) and Stay Inside ($6) the only horses above him in the market.
Connections plan to pay the $150,000 late entry fee for the Slipper after Artorius came through his sensational Blue Diamond victory with flying colours.
The form out of the Blue Diamond got a massive tick last Saturday when Godolphin colt Anamoe upset a string of Slipper hopefuls to salute in the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
It has given Currie added confidence in the chances of Artorius in the richest two-year-old event around the globe.
“The form has been franked so he only has got to run up to his Blue Diamond form to be right in it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Golden Slipper aspirant Captivant contested the same heat as Artorius and won’t run in Saturday’s Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill.
Originally published asArtorius on track for Golden Slipper tilt
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