Blue Diamond winner Artorius to spell and bypass Sires’ Produce Stakes

A Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes bid is off the table for Blue Diamond winner Artorius with the star colt heading to the spelling paddock.

Trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman confirmed the decision to give their gun son of Flying Artie a break following his sixth placing in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill last weekend.

Artorius settled near enough last in the Slipper before making up good late ground to finish 5¾ lengths off the winner, Stay Inside.

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Sam Freedman said after the run that the colt appeared to be looking for a seven-furlong test but the stable will instead focus on the spring as he continues to learn his craft.

“He still doesn’t have the race savviness yet, he is still very raw,” Sam Freedman said.

“I thought he was going to run last at the turn (in the Slipper) but then he picked up but he’s still working out.”

Artorius made quite the impression in just four career starts, winning the Blue Diamond Stakes at his third visit to the races.

Artorius’ trainer Sam Freedman and jockey Mark Zahra after the Blue Diamond. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The Freedmans will put races like the Caulfield Guineas and Coolmore Stud Stakes at the top of the agenda for Artorius during the spring.

The decision to spell Artorius comes on the heels of news that Richard and Michael Freedman will also spell Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside instead of heading to the Sires’.

Stay Inside had been the favourite for the Sires when connections elected to pull the pin.

It leaves Golden Slipper runner up and Blue Diamond placegetter Anamoe as a clear $2.80 favourite with TAB.com.au for the 1400m two-year-old major.

The Sires will be staged on day one of The Championships on April 10 at Randwick.

Originally published asSires’ too soon for Blue Diamond winner

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