Flying Artie has joined the roll-call of Artie Schiller (USA) stakes winners through his win in the G2 Blue Diamond (C&G) Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield.
The Emirates Park shutter has now sired 29 stakes winners and his latest can graduate to a Group 1 in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 27.
Flying Artie was bred by long time Victorian breeder John Shannon and is the second winner from Flying Ruby (LR Bow Mistress Stakes). Second-dam Parkhill’s Flyer (Brigand) is a half-sister to Better Loosen Up.
Flying Ruby’s Helmet colt has been catalogued as Lot 309 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale:
Flying Artie (2c Artie Schiller – Flying Ruby by Rubiton) was a $50,000 purchase for part-owner Paul Whelan at last year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale. The Mick Price trained colt was runner-up in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington in November and has now earned $157,000 in his first two starts.
Winning jockey Damien Oliver has elected to ride Flying Artie ahead of impressive stablemate Extreme Choice in the Blue Diamond.
“I didn’t want to make a decision on the spur of the moment at Caulfield,” Oliver said on Sunday.
“They’re two different types of horses – Extreme Choice has great speed but Flying Artie has the scope for a bit more improvement over 1200m.”
Extreme Choice remains a $2.70 favourite with the TAB for the $1 million race in a fortnight while Flying Artie is now second favourite and firming at $4.60.
Artie Schiller has 4 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier Sale and his filly from Justine Coup (Lot 599) received another update for Maluka Thoroughbreds after the catalogue was printed. Her 7th winner from 7 to race arrived in December when Coup de Beel (Savabeel) saluted at Geelong.