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England On Flying Artie Radar?

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Mick Price says a trip to Royal Ascot will no doubt be up for discussion if star colt Flying Artie can resume with a win in the weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday. Traditionally, the Lightning winner invariably receives an invitation from Royal Ascot officials to compete at Britain's most prestigious racing carnival, and Price said Flying Artie could make the trip if the logistics worked out. "I'm happy to go but it's about whether he can come back and be ready for stud duty," Price told Racing.com. "But then, what do you do with The Everest?" Price was referring to the new 1200m race announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club two weeks ago which, with $10 million in prize money, will become the richest turf race in the world. "I suppose you get over the TJ Smith [Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes] and decisions will be made based on form - what they [owners] want to do," Price said. "They might want to retire him straight away. If his form is great and they think they can go to Ascot and create a northern-hemisphere demand for the horse, well that's good." Flying Artie, who was recently crowned the World's Best 3YO Sprinter, was purchased by a syndicate headed by Newgate Farm and the China Horse Club following his brilliant win in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington in the spring.

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