The 2017 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist returned with a first up win in the $200,000, Group 2 WFA Sydney Markets Limited Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday, well prepared by trainer Gerald Ryan for the start of the Snitzel three-year-old colt’s new campaign.
Trapeze Artist was last seen when not placed in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m of Flemington’s straight sprint course on November 4th. The race before he had won the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill on September 23rd, overshadowing stablemate Menari.
Saturday’s win was another step towards recognition of his own racing ability with Ryan planning another Group 1 during the colt’s three-year-old career. The question after Saturday is over what distance that might be and if Trapeze Artist will either extend to the 1600m of the tough Randwick Guineas on March 10th or come back to sprinting.
The next race for Ryan to determine which plan to take will be the $400,000, Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 24th.
Trapeze Artist and Tim Clark, picture Sportpix.com.au
On Saturday Tim Clark drove Trapeze Artist out from barrier six to sit outside the leader Memes and apprentice Rachel King. Once there Clark put Trapeze Artist into cruise control and they went through to the main straight with the rest of the six horse field tracking them.
Memes folded quickly, too quickly for Clark leaving him and the colt exposed in front. But Trapeze Artist is tough and he maintained his pace for the rest of the straight daring the rest to catch him. They could not and the margin was 1 1/4L at the line.
Showtime (Snitzel) and Brenton Avdulla made it a sire quinella with Addictive Nature (Savabeel) and Jason Collett third, the margin a half-neck. Global Glamour was fourth with Ace High coming home well for fifth.
The time was 1.10.41 on the Soft 5 track with final 600m in 34.90. Trapeze Artist paid$3.70 on fixed odds and $3.60 on the tote.
“It was a good return and he is the sort of horse who will just keep improving. He was really strong through the line. He is obviously a really good colt, he is a Group 1 winner and hopefully this time he can get another one,” said Clark.
“He ran really well in the Sires’ and the Golden Rose, both at 1400m. The way he won the Golden Rose it is hard to say he would not run a mile, but we all know that the Randwick Mile is an arduous test, but he has options and he can come back to sprinting. But it was a good way to start his prep,” he said.
“He probably should have not gone to Melbourne, but since Melbourne he has come back really well and he only had 23 days out and then straight back into work. I indicated to his owner Bert (Vieira) that he is going really well,” said Ryan.
“He is a good colt to have around the place. He is quiet and does not take any notice of what is going on around him, eats all his feed and works like a maiden horse. But he is quite a promising horse and I have always reckoned that he has flown under the radar and I really think that this autumn you will rally see a nice horse,” he said.
Trapeze Artist, out of the Domesday mare Treppes, has now won four of his ten starts and with a third place he has earned stakes of $1,073,550 for Vieira and his family.
Clark made it back-to-back wins when he won the Foodbank Bm81 Handicap (2000m) on the Kris Lees trained High Opinion a race later.
Winning double for Clark, picture Sportpix.com.au
Expressway Stakes, photo finish picture ATC