Art Cadeau will be aiming to create history at Royal Randwick on Saturday when jumping as one of the favourites in the $1.3 million, ‘The Kosciuszko’.
The Nowra galloper, trained by Terry Robinson, won the 2021 Country Championships final at Royal Randwick back on April 10, beating home the likes of Another One and Charmmebaby in the $400,000 race,
If he wins on Saturday, the five-year-old will become the first horse in history to win both of NSW’s premier country events, which would take his career earnings to well over $1 million at just his 12th career start.
The Artie Schiller gelding hasn’t raced since the final, and while he might be first-up after six months, Robinson stated that his runner was fit and ready for the biggest race of his career.
“I think he will show a fresh set of legs, that’s for sure,” Robinson laughed.
“He has been in work for three and half months, so he is fit, and he has a good foundation.
“Nothing has gone wrong, and we are going into the race knowing we have him as good as we can.”
Art Cadeau has arguably showcased his best form over seven furlongs, but Robinson believed on fresh legs, and after a solid second placing in a Hawkesbury trial over 1000m late last month, his star galloper would be primed for a big effort first-up over 1200m.
“I think it is ideal myself. I think the horse is a genuine high-speed horse and after talking with the owner and breeder (Mick Lill), and with Tommy (Berry), we just think the 1200m will be ideal first up,” Robinson said.
“I think he is going better than he was before the Country Championships, and it was a strong trial at Hawkesbury; we are happy with the way he is going.”
Tommy Berry takes the ride, and Robinson was the first to admit connections were relieved after drawing gate three.
“It was a big relief. A good draw is important in any race, but especially in a race like this with so many chances,” Robinson said.
“He normally pings (from) the gate and puts himself in the first four or five, and he will get a chance to do that on Saturday.”
Whatever happens come Saturday, Art Cadeau will be ready for a battle too, with his trainer explaining that he loved to take other horses on when given the opportunity.
“He might not be the sharpest, but he is strong. He has never not found the line for us, and if it comes down to a battle, he will be right in it,” Robinson said.
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