Artistic Flite ready for takeoff

05:18 PM 15 May 2014 NZST
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The Anton Golino prepared Artistic Flite is favourite for Saturday night's Gr.1 Nursery Pace.

Gifted young horseman Anton Golino is in a happy place right now.

Golino prepares outstanding rookie colt Artistic Flite, favourite for Saturday night’s Gr.1 $100,000 Seymour Nursery Pace two-years-old colts and geldings Final at Albion Park.

Boasting unbelievable international experience, Golino has plied his talents to his colt with wonderful success with the promise of plenty more to come this season.

Already successful in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bathurst Gold Crown in March while a runner-up to freakish talent Follow The Stars in the $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final at TABCORP Park, Melton earlier this month, the Artistic Fella youngster is yet to miss the board in nine career starts to date.

With big credentials comes big pressure but Golino is unperturbed with all the attention.

“All the credit belongs with this colt because he’s making my job easy, he’s such a professional with a terrific attitude and will to win. My job lately is just to keep him happy and healthy.” Golino said.

The Nursery Pace series followed on quickly from the Australian Pacing Gold series but Golino and owner Theo Papadopoulos always had the Brisbane trip as a lock.

“Theo was keen to attack this series and the colt took no harm from his trip to Melbourne so we decided to come north and take our shot, I’m glad we made the trip.

“We were only home for three nights before we were on the road again heading to Brisbane but I honestly believe he’s thrived on his recent trip. When we shipped north he settled in great and hasn’t missed a feed.

“I think he’s doing really well in the warmer climate up here compared to what he faced in Melbourne, I know I’m I am.”

Artistic Flite qualified for Saturday night’s final with a decisive victory in his heat on Monday where strolled to a comfortable victory while he ripped a final half of 56.8 seconds.

His heat time was 2;00.9 which was slower than fellow heat winner Mista Natural who recorded a time of 1;59.2.

“I was happy with his heat effort on Monday and he’s come through it really well, Johnny (McCarthy – driver) actually said he felt better than ever and was very relaxed which is great considering the racing he’s encountered lately.

“The barrier draw is no luxury but I’m sure Johnny will have a plan of attack, he knows my colt really well and he knows how to navigate his way around Albion Park pretty good too.

“I’m not selling the likes of Waves Of Fire, Admiral Bronski and Mista Natural short, all are from very good stables and all have excellent drivers. I thought Pete’s (Greig – Mista Natural) horse raced really well and I’m happy to see him with a very talented type, he’s a great horseman and great guy to match.”

Following the Nursery Pace, Golino and his prized colt will return to Sydney for the Breeders Challenge before heading to Melbourne at season’s end for the Australasian Breeders Crown.

By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

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