Tue, Mar 7, 1:31pm by Senior Writer
The market for Saturday’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap has been shaken up by news star three-year-old Flying Artie, who was second favourite, has been ruled out with a lung infection.
Flying Artie, who was due to be ridden by international superstar Joao Moreira, had mucus on his lungs after trackwork on Tuesday morning,
He will need treatment and three days in the paddock with trainer Mick Price now re-setting the Coolmore Stud Stakes winner for a run in the TJ Smith in Sydney later in the autumn.
Flying Artie’s absence means Price has now switched plans with his other speedy three-year-old Extreme Choice. Extreme Choice was set to go towards the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley later in March, but the withdrawal of his stablemate sees him go into this Saturday’s $1.25 million race.
“He deserves his chance in the Newmarket and he will now run with Flying Artie out of action,” Price told reporters. “I don’t think we saw the best of Extreme Choice in the Coolmore Stud Stakes last spring. I think he is better than that.”
“There is still a chance he could go to the William Reid after the Newmarket, it is 13 days after, we will just see how he comes through Saturday.”
Chautauqua is $13 but is very unlikely to run having just been beaten in the Canterbury Stakes by Le Romain last week, while the value in the race appears to be the horse who beat Spieth, Star Turn and Illustrious Lad home in the Lightning Stakes.
The Newmarket is one act of a double feature on Super Saturday at Flemington, with the Australian Cup to attract plenty of interest.
The two horses who fought out last year’s Australian Cup, Preferment and Awesome Rock are $26 and $21 respectively. Awesome Rock was first across the line in the 2016 edition but lost on protest to Preferment.
Saturday’s other Group One is in Sydney at Rosehill where the Coolmore Classic, a 1500-metre race for fillies and mares, will be run.
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