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Price's Star Colts Return Bigger & Stronger
Trainer Mick Price says his top-class colts Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) and Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) are set to benefit from an extended spring break when they target the major autumn sprint races in Melbourne and Sydney, reports Racing.com. Both colts were restricted to just two runs in the spring, with Extreme Choice winning the Gr1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley and Flying Artie landing the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. "I think that's the benefit of only having two runs in the spring because when they are spring three-year-old colts, they are still growing and if you have a long spring it's a very short turnaround to the autumn and we've got some big goals in front of them," Price said. Price confirmed Flying Artie would be aimed at the Gr1 treble of the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and TJ Smith Stakes. The weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) will be run at Flemington on 18 February. "He's great," Price said. "He's made a physical progression from the sprint to the autumn and I think he's a big track horse." Price said Extreme Choice had likewise returned from a spell in top order. "He looks fantastic," he said. "He's just starting to develop some masculinity about him. He's got a bit more weight on him. He's nice and fresh and sound and I'm rapt with the way he looks." Extreme Choice will open his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Blue Diamond day (25 February).