Barriers Make a Big Difference

Art Tutor started a rank outsider at $126 and at $51 when unplaced at his two runs leading into Friday night’s Budget Stockfeeds Pace at Gloucester Park when he was all the rage from the prized No. 1 barrier.

And the five-year-old Victorian-bred stallion did not let his supporters down when, as the $2.70 favourite (and at $3.10 on the fixed odds market), he set the pace and held on to win by a half-length from Roll With Me, who trailed the pacemaker before battling on doggedly.

Art Tutor also appreciated a drop in class after he had started from barrier nine a fortnight earlier and finished tenth behind Papinik and then, from the No. 5 barrier the previous Friday night, he finished fourth behind The Buckeye Bullet.

His frontrunning display on Friday night was virtually a carbon copy of his effort as a $2.10 favourite four starts earlier, at his first appearance for trainer-reinsman Aldo Cortopassi, when he began from the No. 1 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win easily from Smart Fortune.  

On Friday night Art Tutor was beaten out by Cavalry Call (from barrier three), but that pacer was unable to cross to the front as Cortopassi kicked through on the inside to assume control. Art Tutor, who dashed over the final 800m in 57sec., has raced 80 times for nine wins, 24 placings and $81,415, won once from 15 starts in Victoria (at Shepparton as a three-year-old in September 2017) before arriving in Western Australia.

He is the seventh and last foal out of Atomic Fusion, who also produced handy performers in Giggling Girl (15 wins and $136,219), Ay Tee Em (13 wins and $117,865) and The Fat Man (13 wins and $80,845).