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The world’s richest race on turf, the 2018 The Everest, will be firmly on the spring agenda for gun young sprinter Trapeze Artist should he salute for the punters at Randwick this weekend in the All Aged Stakes.
One of the last elite levels of the autumn in Sydney, Saturday’s Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) has the Gerald Ryan-trained three-year-old Trapeze Artist as firm favourite with jockey Tye Angland in the saddle.
The flying son of Snitzel scored what Ryan describes as a “bonus win” at the Royal Randwick track last start, Trapeze Artist defeating the favourite Redzel by two lengths in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
Now a dual Group 1 winner having also won the Golden Rose (1400m) last spring, the star colt gets the chance to salute again on Saturday going up in distance for what has always been his major autumn goal.
Angland rode Trapeze Artist to victory in the TJ Smith Stakes and is confident in the saddle again on Saturday, his mount dominating All Aged Stakes betting at $2.25 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au.
“When he’s won he’s been very dominant and on his day when he turns up he’s very classy,” he told Racing NSW this week.
“He’s at his best when he has a bit of momentum and there’s a bit of speed in the race he can slowly build up his revs.
“I’ll work out where I want to be and ride the race how it unfolds.
“There’s a handful of horses coming back in distance which isn’t ideal but a lot of horses overcome it.
“When they are coming back from a mile to 1400m they can lose a bit of speed in their legs. We are coming up in trip, he can run the 1400m and when you look at it he looks very well placed.”
The jockey would love to win for obvious reasons, but also hopes to get the job done to further improve the chances of Trapeze Artist securing a slot in the $13 million The Everest race over 1200m back at Randwick on October 13.
“You look at where he is at the moment and you’d think he’s definitely a live chance [in The Everest],” Angland said.
“And if you go into a race like that with a live chance it is very satisfying for everyone involved. Hopefully we can get him there well and give it a crack.
“It will be exciting to see how he comes back to try and win the richest sprint race in the world.”
Peter & Paul Snowden’s reigning champion Redzel remains top of futures The Everest odds at $5, with Trapeze Artist the current $9 co-second favourite along with The Galaxy winning mare In Her Time who was last seen running third in the TJ Smith Stakes on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.
Angland rode Fell Swoop in the inaugural edition of The Everest last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Matthew Dale-trained sprinter finishing a distant last when 12 lengths beaten as a $51 roughie.
He could get the chance to atone should Trapeze Artist score one of the 12 slots in The Everest race, owner Bert Vieira confirming a stud career would be put on hold in an attempt to win the lucrative spring feature.
Ryan also had a starter in The Everest last year preparing the ninth-placed Deploy who represented Chris Waller Racing.
The main danger to Trapeze Artist in All Aged Stakes betting this Saturday meanwhile is the Darren Weir-trained The Everest third placegetter from the spring, Brave Smash ($7).
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