Sir Artie comes of age with impressive maiden win
Talented 2YO SIR ARTIE showed that age is just a number with a hugely impressive Maiden victory against older horses at Newcastle on Saturday.
The son of Flying Artie scythed through the heavy track and showed a smart turn of foot to beat his stablemate Laos Fortune by a length and a quarter, with another half a length back to Obelius – who is two years Sir Artie’s senior – in third.
Sir Artie had always been held in high regard by his trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, but had somewhat failed to deliver on the promise shown in his barrier trials in his first two career starts.
Stepping up to 1200m for the first time and with the benefit of a run under his belt, Sir Artie repaid his trainers’ faith by running out a convincing winner of the Maiden contest, suggesting there is plenty of fun to be had in the not too distant future.
Winning jockey Mitchell Bell echoed those sentiments and feels that Sir Artie is still not the finished article just yet.
“He always travelled well in the run, but they didn’t go that quick, so you’ve got to give him credit. He was able to outsprint them,” he said in his post-race debrief.
“It still feels like he has room for improvement, so it’ll be good to see where he goes.”
Congratulations to all the team at Snowden Racing for saddling the quinella, with a special mention to Sir Artie’s strapper Anna Hewger.
Congratulations also to Mitch Bell and all of Sir Artie’s owners. Hopefully the first of many wins!