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Inglis Graduates Crowned World's Best Sprinters
Flying Artie and Chautauqua have been rewarded for an outstanding 2016 by being named the best of their respective divisions at the World's Best Racehorse awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. Easter colt Flying Artie was crowned the best 3YO Sprinter with a rating of 120, while Chautauqua was again rated the World's Best Sprinter on 122. It is the eighth time in the past nine years an Inglis graduate has been crowned World's Best Sprinter. "He's obviously a top colt, the best colt, and Newgate and China Horse Club and all the owners have got a very special and very valuable prospect on their hands,'' trainer Mick Price said of last season's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie. "I think he showed everyone in the spring that he's the best. He beat the best in the Coolmore so he thoroughly deserves this tag.'' Fellow Inglis Easter graduate Chautauqua claimed the World's Best Sprinter title for a second consecutive year. In a brilliant 2016, he won the Gr1 Lightning Stakes and Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes before beating the world in the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize in Hong Kong in May. Trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes are preparing the mighty grey for a defence of all three of his Gr1 crowns in 2017. "He's come back really well, the horse is great and it's good he's been recognised again,'' Michael Hawkes said. "While his program isn't finalised yet, the plan is to resume in the Lightning, and eventually get to the TJ and then ideally back to Hong Kong."