Lee Freedman will go ahead with plans to set Artistic Design for the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Premier despite the lack of suitable lead-ups before the Caulfield sales-related race on February 6.
Artistic Design is by Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design and wasn’t asked to let down during a quiet 800m trial at Flemington last Wednesday. He settled second behind Lindsay Park colt Karaama (Lonhro) and was then geared down in the straight.
The unraced colt is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust and cost Freedman $300,000 at the 2015 Melbourne Premier. He is raced by a syndicate that includes Ozzie Kheir, Trust In A Gust’s managing part-owner David Speechley and Swettenham’s Adam Sangster.
“He pulled up really well after that trial at Flemington and I’m delighted with the way he has trained on since then,” Freedman said. “All we have to do now is find a suitable race to kick him off. The programming here makes it difficult and I don’t want to send him to Sydney.”
Freedman mentioned the LR Blue Diamond Preview (C & G) over 1000m at Caulfield on January 26 as a possible starting point. That would give the colt an 11 day turnaround to the Inglis 2YO Premier.
Artistic Design is also one of the stable’s five two year-olds remaining in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 27 after second declarations closed earlier this week.
Freedman was determined to buy the colt after inspecting him at Melbourne Premier.
“I thought he was the best of the Master Of Design yearlings at Oaklands,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.
“He’s a got a beautiful pedigree and is a great physical specimen.”
Master of Design (Redoute’s Choice) has 17 second-crop yearlings catalogued for this year’s Melbourne Premier and the first to parade from Swettenham (Lot 172) is a winning half-sister to G2 Alister Clark Stakes winner Domesky.