A learning experience – that’s how Damien Oliver described Flying Artie’s first and final Sydney track gallop before Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
On a rain-affected Rosehill track, Flying Artie and stablemate Extreme Choice worked on the course proper from the 1000m, improving from the 600m mark.
“The other horse probably worked a bit better,” Oliver said. “We got a bit lost coming out wide, we probably should have stayed in. We didn’t know where we should go coming out the chute.
“Extreme Choice had a bit more experience going this way around, but I would expect Flying Artie would improve following that gallop.”
Trainer Mick Price was pleased with the pair’s final hitout, saying their transition from Melbourne to Sydney had been a smooth one.
“(Rosehill-based trainer) Gerald (Ryan) said to me if they’re at 24.50 (for the last 400m) the work is very good, anything under that is excellent,” Price said.
“I think they were 23.41. It reminded me of the work they do at home.”