Tough three year old Trapeze Artist proved too strong for the older horses again in winning the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick today.
The Gerald Ryan trained Trapeze Artist ($2.30 favourite) made it back to back Group 1 wins after claiming the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago an set a new Randwick 1400m track record.
Multiple Group 1 winner Le Romain ($11) didn’t give in without a fight to go down by a head while Showtime ($17) stuck on well after setting the pace for third.
Today’s win was Trapeze Artist’s third win during his three year old season after winning the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Spring Carnival and connections will now decide if he heads to stud to begin a stallion career or he is set for the $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in the Spring.
Ryan said the decision was up to the owners but he would like to see the Snitzel colt race on.
“I would like to see him keep racing. I would love to come back for an Everest. It would be sensational,”
“I have done my job and he has won his three Group 1s this season.”
“I can’t do much more with him.”
“Today he has ran a track record, beaten a two or three time Group 1 winner in Le Romain who had more improvement in him coming off the T J Smith than he probably did.”
“He raced well and he got the job done.”
Ryan is convinced if Trapeze Artist had a good spell he would come back in the Spring as an even better four year old.
“If he went out now and had six or seven weeks break well might be the fair dinkum top of the world as a four year old. I hope he gets a chance to show.”