Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Artorius knows he’s made it to a tough race with his place at Royal Ascot but will start his second UK duty.
Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained sprinter third in Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Share (1200m) on Saturday after a tight passage in the final stages of the race.
Sam Freedman says the plan now is to head to Group 1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket on July 9.
“He knew he had to run,” Freedman told RSN of Saturday’s performance.
“He probably lost nine kilos and left behind the first bit of food since he arrived, but then this morning he put on another five or six kilos and ate it all.
“He’s just come a long way, he’s going to have a light and canter ride, an easy week and we’re looking forward to his next assignment.”
Freedman says the straight British tracks with their home run are more suitable for a horse like Artorius than the flatter tracks in Australia.
“The stiff finish suits him like on the flat track in Australia, they go away from you and you don’t have that opportunity to get to the leaders,” Freedman said.
“In Flemington, it’s very hard to take them down once you find out they’re just getting started.
“Those last 300 meters at Ascot you find out if a horse can run 6 sturdy hairs, which we know he does and Newmarket is also very similar, that is an endgame. very hard and he will finish the hardest again.”
Freedman said when they arrive in the UK, plan to have two warm-ups on British soil before returning to Australia in late spring.
And there’s a good chance Artorius will return to the UK next year for another race at the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, where Freedman says he’ll be in better weight than this year.
*For existing customers only. 2nd Racing Bet. Except SA & WA. T&C is applicable. Responsible gambling.