Artistic in full "Flite" for rich APG Series

06:03 AM 25 Apr 2014 NZST
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Artistic Flite - has been a shining light in the juvenile ranks so far this season.

If there was an award for the best early season two-year-old then Artistic Flite would be leading the charge for Anton Golino and harness racing connections, but it won’t get any better for his rivals if the well-travelled horseman’s predictions are correct.

After already snaring the Bathurst Gold Crown in tough fashion, his trainer is expecting improvement to come from the talented juvenile son of Artistic Fella.

“He hasn’t put in a bad run, he’s pretty tough and I think every race he has won he’s sat outside the leader so he’s been pretty good from the start,” Golino said.

“I think he will get better. By the end of the season you will see the best of him.

“I don’t think he has ever really been wound up as far as I don’t do much with him in between runs so I can’t see why he won’t keep going.”

And with the $322,000 APG final looming if he can navigate his way through Friday night’s semi-final, the challengers are lining up.

Artistic Flite and Follow The Stars will renew acquaintances this week while Mach Doro will be lying in wait assuming he makes it through.

“He was very good last start, he got into a little bit of trouble coming to the turn but he hit the front and I think he switched off a little. He came out of it super though,” Golino said.

 “We’re going to have to try and get off the rail at some stage. I don’t give John any instructions though so whatever he chooses to do I’ll be fine with it.

 “Ideally if we can make the final of the Gold and then bring him home for a little freshen up before the big races at the end of the season.”

Artistic Flite, who also ran third in the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial, has been rated the $4.50 second favourite by HRV form expert Jason Bonnington.

Follow The Stars is the odds-on elect at $1.40 while Monivae is the only other horse in single figures at $6.

by Blake Redden

Harness Racing Australia

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