Flying Artie Firms for 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

February 15th, 2016

Talented colt Flying Artie has continued to firm drastically in 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets after producing a strong performance to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) at Caulfield over the weekend.

Flying Artie has firmed into second-favouritism for the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Flying Artie has firmed into second-favouritism for the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Flying Artie’s chances of success in the Blue Diamond Prelude took a big hit last Wednesday when he was charged with overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 13, but the colt jumped from the gates well enough to find a position within the field.

Rounding onto the final straight wide and with plenty to do, the Artie Schiller colt immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by jockey Damien Oliver in the final straight; mustering an impressive turn of foot to hit the line a head in the clear of closest rival Star Turn.

Trainer Mick Price was understandably thrilled with the colt’s performance in Saturday’s Prelude race and is confident he will be hard to beat in the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“He’s a big, strong horse and I’d say a Blue Diamond, 1200m, should be good,” Price said after the race.

“Just need to draw a gate, I think he’ll benefit from today too, because he was very sweaty in the run and he’s usually a pretty cool horse but he was a bit fresh.

“He’s a red-hot chance in the Blue Diamond.”

Oliver delivered a typically brilliant ride aboard Flying Artie for success in the Blue Diamond Prelude and faces a tough decision in continuing his affiliation with the colt or taking the ride on race favourite Extreme Choice; also saddled by Price.

“I’m going to let the dust settle, I’m not going to make it on the spur of the moment,” Oliver said.

“I’ll speak to Mick and analyse it a bit closer and see how we go.

“They’re both great rides, as I always thought.

“They’re two different types of horses, the other bloke has got great speed but this bloke has got the potential to get over further – he’s going to be strong at the end of it, you know that.

“So it’s a win-win situation. Craig Newitt is going to ride the other one – Mick’s got two great chances.”

Following his win in Saturday’s Prelude, Flying Artie is currently available at 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes odds of $3.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.