The winners of two of Australia’s biggest juvenile races are heading to the paddock for well-earned spells ahead of their three-year-old campaigns.
Michael Freedman, co-trainer with his brother Richard of Stay Inside, had announced on Monday that Stay Inside was to press on towards the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on April 10.
But 24 hours later, following a meeting with connections, it was announced Stay Inside would spell and have a shot at the spring.
After paying a $150,000 late entry fee into the Slipper and after settling last, Artorius wound up in sixth position.
It was announced on Twitter that the Anthony And Sam Freedman-trained two-year-old would bypass the remainder of the carnival.
A three-year-old campaign will be decided upon once Artorius resumes later in the year.
Melbourne spring options for the colt may include the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) or the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.