Artistic Flite will start from the outside of the second row in Saturday night's Bathurst Gold Crown but trainer Anton Golino still believes his talented two year old can win the event. Artistic Flite won his heat impressively on Saturday night and has begun his career in great fashion.
"Artistic Flite has always shown ability, he's had a few issues earlier on when he wouldn't track up on the back of horses but he has grown out of that now and I'm happy with the way he is performing," Golino said.
"I was thinking before the draw that I would take any barrier except for gate one or eight, I just didn't want him to be bustled early, he is on his toes after his heat win so I don' t think I could have him much better."
There have been two substantial offers made for the two year old but it seems to Golino that his owner is very happy to keep him.
"There was a very big offer for him after he won at Newcastle from Western Australia which Theo (owner) turned down and then there was another one from New Zealand but that offer was knocked back as well, he isn't for sale which is a good thing for me."
"All credit goes to Theo because he picked the horse out at the sales last year and I got him after he was broken in, he didn't cost very much and has turned out to be a good buy."
Golino has spent the best part of the last decade overseas but admits the attraction of Menangle was just too big to ignore.
"I spent seven years in America working for Noel Daley before going to Sweden for a year and then I spent six months in France and when I saw the plans they had for Menangle I thought it was time to come home and give it my best shot, I hope to train from the barn once they build it at the track."
"I'm working four horses at the moment and spend the rest of my day shoeing horses, I am the farrier for Belinda McCarthy, James Rattray and Aaron Brown so I am always busy."
by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Harness Racing Australia)