EXCITING youngster Rap Artist continued his family’s strong history with the Southern Cross series at Port Pirie tonight.
A member of the in-form Mark Billinger stable, Rap Artist captured the two-year-old colts’ and geldings’ division to become the fifth clan member to annex a Final.
He also became the second winner from former top mare, and now stellar matron, Saved A Corka.
Saved A Corka produced Aspiring Artist to win the two-year-old Final in 2012, having won the three-year-old fillies’ decider 2007.
Rap Artist’s ‘uncle’ – Hes A Corka – remains the only runner to complete a clean sweep of the three Finals, winning at two, three and four.
His ‘cousin’, Come On Frank won the three-year-old series in 2011 before venturing over the border to secure the Four-Year-Old Vicbred Final at Tabcorp Park Melton.
“The bloodline has had a fair bit of success in the Southern Cross,” Billinger said. “His brother won it a few years ago and it’s a tremendous effort from the mare now that he has done it too.”
With Billinger in the sulky, the gelding occupied the ‘death seat’ before staving off a late challenge from Presidentmach to score by a short half-head. Jumping jolt was a head away third.
Co-owned by Billinger, the son of Art Major covered the mile in 1:58.3, taking his record to an impressive three wins and a second from four starts.
- PAUL COURTS