Artorius’ Very ‘Scary’ Year Ahead

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field says punters should prepare for a ‘very scary’ next 12 months from star sprinter Artorius.

The Group 1-winning three-year-old, who ran a luckless third in the Platinum Jubilee last week, will run in the July Cup at Newmarket before returning to Australia.

But stud duties are not yet calling, with Field confirming that at this stage Artorius would be set for both spring and autumn campaigns.

“The two races we will give a lot of consideration to with him will be the Darley Classic or the Golden Eagle. One of those two races,” Field said.

“It will only be a very light spring for him. Then we will wind into a strong 2023 with him.”

The news comes after it was announced that Home Affairs would retire to stud.

When asked about the decision to keep racing, Field said: “Our guys in the horse … they love their racing.

“Secondly, from my point of view, we are trying to make the best commercial decision we can. I feel that horse has so much more to offer.

“He is lightly raced, he’s very talented.

“He is hopefully turning from a boy to a man. And hopefully I think he can be a scary horse come the next 12 months in Australia with the maturity this trip brings on.”

Field also confirmed star jockey Jamie Spencer would continue his association with Artorius in the July Cup.

“He was mad keen to keep the ride and I think he will go into the race with a huge chance,” Field said.


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