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Ollie Looking For Flying Artie Redemption
Champion jockey Damien Oliver says he is looking forward to redeeming himself aboard Flying Artie when the star colt resumes in the weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 18 February. Suspension cost Oliver the ride on the Mick Price-trained colt when he won the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring with fellow hoop Hugh Bowman the beneficiary. "I've been doing a lot of work with him recently. He's come back really well," Oliver told Racing.com. "He's on target for the first-up assignment in the Lightning Stakes. He's furnished out into a really nice three-year-old. I am [keen for redemption], really looking forward to teaming back up with him," Oliver added: "I think the Coolmore Stud Stakes was a top-quality race with a lot of high-class three-year-olds in it, so we're really looking forward to seeing how he comes back this autumn." Flying Artie, a winner of 3 of his 6 starts, was crowned the World's Best 3YO Sprinter at last week's Longines World's Best Racehorse ceremony in London with an international rating of 120.