Artorius camp bidding for history
Artorius will attempt to become the first horse since Sepoy 10 years ago to claim the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper Stakes double when he lines up at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained colt came off a four-week break to win the Blue Diamond and the team is sticking to the same pattern heading into Saturday's $3.5million Golden Slipper.
"He had four weeks from his last run into the Blue Diamond and we gave him a trial ten days out. We're just following that model again," said the training partnership’s racing manager Brad Taylor.
"It's always a high-pressure race. They're going to run along a bit like they did in the Blue Diamond and hopefully he can do what he did there."
Artorius made up many lengths when he steamed home for second in a Randwick barrier trial last week.
The Slipper will be his first time in the clockwise direction under race pressure but the Blue Diamond form is strong with third that day Anamoe subsequently winning the Group 2 Todman Stakes and runner-up Ingratiating performing well in the Group 3 Pago Pago.
"It's encouraging to see that,” Taylor said of the form boosts. “It enhances our confidence and tells us we're on the right track and have the right horse for the race.”
Artorius, who is an 11.00 chance, is bidding to become the first Victorian-trained winner since Crystal Lily in 2010.
The son of Flying Artie has two wins from three career starts, earning just under $1million in the process.
View all Horse Racing
Read more Horse Racing Betting News