Group One-winning three-year-olds Flying Artie and Extreme Choice have shown they are on track for their early autumn targets with solid trials at Cranbourne.
Trainer Mick Price separated the pair in Tuesday’s heats over 800m with Flying Artie taking on the older sprinters while Extreme Choice scored against his own age.
Flying Artie was defeated by Heatherly who ran 45.75 seconds with the pair due to meet again in the Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 18.
Price said Flying Artie, winner of the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington during the spring, would benefit from Tuesday’s trial.
“The time was good. The horse is good and he had a bit of a blow,” Price said.
“It was only a trial and he wasn’t getting dug up but it will do him the world of good.”
Extreme Choice, winner of the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in the spring, won his heat in 46.53sec and wasn’t knocked around to score from So Si Bon.
Price said Extreme Choice would make his racing return in the Oakleigh Plate 2017 (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25.
He said Extreme Choice wasn’t out to make time.
“Against those horses there was not much competition, speed-wise,” Price said.
“He’s pretty fit as he’s a clean-winded horse.
“Going first-up into the Oakleigh Plate he’d want to be pretty fit because most of the horses that will run in it will have run somewhere else.”
Price said both three-year-olds would benefit from Tuesday’s trip away from Caulfield.
“I think it’s a good idea before big races to bring them down here,” Price said.
“It stimulates them a bit being away from Caulfield with the different sights and sounds and smells.
“They’re both colts and it sparks them up a bit.”
Fellow trainer Robbie Laing plans to start So Si Bon first-up in the Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25 before running him in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 11.
He then plans to take the three-year-old to Sydney for the Rosehill Guineas.
“He’s more a mile, 2000 metre horse so we’ll go to Sydney for the Rosehill Guineas and if he happened to win that we could look at the Queen Elizabeth,” Laing said.
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