Trapeze Artist Overview
Champion Australian 3YO Colt 2017/18 season
By champion sire Snitzel, Trapeze Artist was the Champion 3YO Colt in Australia last season and has earned in excess of $5.5 million.
His Group 1 wins include a race record in the $2.5m WFA T.J Smith Stakes Gr1 (1200m), a Randwick track record in the $1M WFA All Aged Stakes Gr1 (1400m), another Randwick track record in the $500k WFA Canterbury Stakes Gr1 (1300m). He also won the $1M Golden Rose Gr1 (1400m) by almost five lengths, defeating the likes of Merchant Navy, Pariah and Menari.
In 2018 Trapeze Artist became the Longines’ World’s Highest Rated Sprinter.
“Trapeze Artist is without question one of the most decorated & best credentialled horses to retire to stud in years. A multiple record-breaking sprinter, a 3yo that dominated his elders at WFA level and by the Champion sire in Snitzel. I can’t think of an Australian colt to retire this season with anywhere near the level of Trapeze Artist’s achievements,” said Widden’s Antony Thompson.
Trapeze Artist Pedigree
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Trapeze Artist BR News
Unreserved Booker Added To Chairman's SaleWed, 11 Mar 2020
Gr1-winning sprinter Booker is the latest addition to an already star-studded line-up of fillies and mares in the 2020 Inglis Chairman’s Sale catalogue. Described by her part-owner as the nicest type he’s ever owned – Booker will be offered for unreserved sale to dissolve a racing partnership – following an Autumn campaign with trainer Gerald Ryan. By Written Tycoon and the first foal for Flying Spur mare Noondie – who sold for $600,000 to Mitchell Bloodstock at last year’s Chairman’s Sale – Booker boasts an enviable race record with close to $900,000 in earnings. She carries the famous ‘Northwood’ colours of Victorian owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths, who raced 1989 Melbourne Cup winner Tawriffic, 1992 Caulfield Cup winner Mannerism and 1994 Thousand Guineas winner Northwood Plume. “I’ve always bought and raced fillies and I think of the 13 Gr1 winners Midge and I have had, she’s probably the nicest type we’ve had, Mannerism and the others were good sorts but Booker is just outstanding,” Barrie Griffiths said. Booker was purchased by Griffiths at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale from the draft of Mill Park Stud. A winner over 1100m on debut at Flemington as a 2YO for Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra, where she defeated subsequent Gr2 winner and Gr1 performer I’ll Have A Bit, Booker then ran second in the Gr3 National Stakes (1200m) at her only other juvenile start. Her 3YO season saw her defeat Shoals and Catchy in the rG2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), as well as a narrow second to champion sprinter Merchant Navy in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) and fourth to Russian Revolution in a blanket finish to the 2018 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m). Her career best came as a 4YO when defeating 17 rivals – including Nature Strip, Viddora and Spright – to take out the 2019 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. Booker joins other headliners like In Her Time and Unforgotten for the sale, which will also include mares in-foal to the likes of I Am Invincible, Not A Single Doubt, Zoustar, Justify, The Autumn Sun, Trapeze Artist, Kingman and Lope de Vega among others.
Gr1 winner Booker will be a popular addition to the Chairman's Sale (pic: Mark Gatt)
Chairman's Sale Confirmed for In Her TimeMon, 9 Mar 2020
Multiple G1-winning mare In Her Time is the latest headline act confirmed for the 2020 Inglis Chairman’s Sale to be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of 8 May. Owned by Orbis Bloodstock and Peter Brown, In Her Time has proven herself one of the best sprinting mares in Australia in recent seasons. In a remarkable sign of her consistency, she has either won or placed in a Gr1 race every autumn or spring carnival since mid-2017. In Her Time has won two Gr1 races – the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning and 2018’s The Galaxy – and has been placed a further six times at G1 level (Stradbroke Hcp, TJ Smith Stakes, Manikato Stakes, Tatts Tiara, and twice in the VRC Sprint Classic); she has also won another four Stakes races. During an illustrious racetrack career In Her Time has beaten the best sprinters in the land including the likes of Santa Ana Lane, Pierata, Redzel, Trapeze Artist, Brave Smash, Alizee, Sunlight, Kementari, Shoals, Global Glamour, English, Booker, Redkirk Warrior, Houtzen, Osborne Bulls and Written By among others. She showed she was in for another big campaign with a strong trial performance at Wyong on Monday and will likely resume in the Gr1 The Galaxy at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day, 21 March. The Chairman’s Sale, to be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of Friday May 8, will again be conducted under a 0% sales commission structure. Entries for the 2020 Chairman’s Sale and the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale are closing soon.
Big Buying Bench Expected for 2020 Inglis EasterFri, 24 Jan 2020
The 2020 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be held over the two days of Tuesday April 7 and Wednesday April 8 at Riverside Stables in Sydney. Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing Sebastian Hutch said the Easter catalogue had something for everyone and that recent results further proved its standing as the number one sale in the southern hemisphere. “It is a phenomenal group of yearlings in every respect and we are very grateful for the opportunity to offer them to the market,’’ Hutch said. “The quality is extraordinarily high and it is a great compliment to the standing of the sale that breeders and vendors are yet again sending their best yearlings in great quantity.” Hutch added, “The stats are there for all to see and it is a simple fact that buyers are more likely to source a top-class horse at Easter than at any other sale in the Southern Hemisphere. Since 2018 alone, Inglis Easter has produced more Gr1 winners than any other Australasian sale, including the likes of The Autumn Sun, Merchant Navy, Estijaab, Trapeze Artist, Exceedance, Loving Gaby, Super Seth, Russian Revolution… the list goes on and on.” He pointed out, “That list covers a wide range of price brackets too, including each of Funstar, Aristia (see below) and Land Of Plenty all selling at Easter for no more than $80,000 apiece.” The sale is expected to attract incredibly strong interest from both domestic and international buyers, something Hutch says, “we expect to heighten even further as soon as people get a chance to read the full catalogue.” Selling will begin at 10am both mornings. Hard copies of the Easter catalogue will be available within a fortnight. Click here for the online catalogue.
Century of Stakes-Winners in Sight for SnitzelTue, 3 Dec 2019
Just over five weeks out from the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Spending To Win is an aptly named ninety-third lifetime stakeswinner for Arrowfield Stud’s three-time Champion Sire Snitzel, as pre-eminent in the sale-ring as he is on stallion premierships. It wasn’t the plan for Spending To Win to lead in the $140,000 ATC Starlight S. 1100m LR, but Tim Clark’s judgment plus the gelding’s fitness and determination proved up to the task of holding out Glenall (by Redoute’s Choice) and the favourite Handle The Truth. Spending To Win was the star of a productive 24 hours for Snitzel, also represented by debut 3YO winner Refreshed and city winners Orcein, Snitz & Discharged. Bred by Fergus Doyle from Irish Gr2 winner Madame Trop Vite (by Invincible Spirit), Spending To Win was a $300,000 purchase for Snowden Racing from the Widden Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. He has covered that outlay with an excellent 62% win & place record over five seasons and $458,300 prizemoney for his owners Trevor Stuckey, Penny Yan-Stuckey and Susan Yan. Spending To Win is Snitzel’s eleventh stakes-winner this year, a list headed by Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist and Group winners I Am Excited, Exhilarates, Irithea, Redzel & Taikomochi.
Spending To Win is Snitzel's latest stakes winner (pic: Steve Hart)
Castelvecchio Rated Amongst World's Top 50Mon, 18 Nov 2019
Gr1-winning 3YO Castelvecchio (Dundeel-St.Therese, by Dehere) has been rated among one of the Top 50 racehorses in the world. The respected Longines World Rankings, which ranks Winx seventh for her 2019 form, has included seven Australian runners in the premium echelon. Also a high class 2YO who won the $2 million Inglis Millenium after exploding from the rear of the field, Gr1 Cox Plate runner-up Castelvecchio will join his Champion Miler sire Dundeel at Arrowfield Stud when he retires. He was given the same 120 rating as Hartnell and Trapeze Artist to sit joint twenty-eighth. Above that trio on 124 is Santa Ana Lane, followed by Happy Clapper (123) and Nature Strip (122). Topping the rankings on 128 are three horses: Enable, Waldgeist and Crystal Ocean.
Leading 3YO Castelvecchio (pic: Steve Hart)
Aquis Is Celebrating Its First Foal by InvaderThu, 15 Aug 2019
With the foaling season in full swing, the team at Aquis have five stallions with their first crop foals due this season, and they are delighted to have already foaled down a stunning colt by Gr1 winner Invader. Foaled during the final few days of July at Aquis’ Hunter Valley property was the chestnut colt by Invader out of Mediation (GB). He is the third foal of the winning daughter of Azamour from the family of international black type winners Macleya and Montclair. Aquis Head of Nominations Jimmy Unwala described the newborn colt as “a spitting image of his sire.” He enthused, “He is our first Invader foal and has plenty of size, beautiful top and a big powerful hip. He is exactly what I expect to see from a sire who was a Champion 2YO colt.” On the track as a juvenile, Invader’s crowning moment came when defeating a host of elite level performers including Trapeze Artist, Menari, Summer Passage and Frolic in the Gr1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Having covered a significant book of over 150 mares in his first season, Invader has all the right credentials to continue the legacy, and dominance of his Champion Sire-line: Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice and Danehill. He will stand at Aquis in the Hunter Valley this season for a fee of $27,500.
Invader covered over 150 mares in his debut season (pic: Steve Hart)
Snitzel Powers To Third Champion Sire TitleFri, 2 Aug 2019
Arrowfield Stud’s stallion Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippet’s Lass, by Snippets) has taken out his third consecutive Australian Sires Premiership, defeating five former Title holders in the process. In doing so he has bettered the record of his own champion sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) who also won three stallion premierships, however none in succession (2006, 2010 and 2014). With lifetime Southern Hemisphere earnings of $126.1 million, over the past three seasons alone Snitzel has been responsible for nearly $70 million in progeny earnings, comprising:
- 367 individual winners of 870 races, including 87 stakes wins, 10 of them at Group 1 level.
- 49 individual stakeswinners, including 30 Group winners – five of them Group 1 winners: Champion Sprinter and two-time Everest hero Redzel, Champion 3YO Colt Trapeze Artist, Champion 2YO Estijaab, Russian Revolution & Invader.
- 68 2YO Winners (15 2YO Stakeswinners, 2 Group 1 winners).
Snitzel has set new benchmarks for an Australian stallion (pic: Bronwen Healy)
Everest Three-Peat Possible For RedzelWed, 24 Jul 2019
Redzel (Snitzel) will get the chance to make it a hat-trick of Everest crowns in October after Yulong Investments decided to stick with the outstanding sprinter in its slot for the $14 million race. According to his trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, Yulong boss Yuesheng Zhang decided that the first option was the best and signed a deal with Triple Crown for Redzel, who won the inaugural Everest in 2017 and defended his title last year. “We won the race with Redzel last year and Mr Zhang always had him near the top of his list,” Yulong chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said. “He has proven himself the best sprinter in the Everest for the past two years and you know what you are getting. We have looked at a couple of other horses and overseas but why go there when you can get the horse that has won the Everest for the past two years. He can go on wet and dry ground, and Mr Zhang wanted to stick with him. He's trained by the Snowdens, who are brilliant at getting horses to peak on the big day.” Redzel ran in Yulong's slot last year and set off wild celebrations from Triple Crown and Yulong when he led all the way. Even though he has controlled the first two Everests from the front and dominated the race, Redzel was the seventh horse picked for a slot in The Everest in 2019. Redzel becomes the first horse selected for all three Everests, and Triple Crown’s Chris Ward is hoping for the winning feeling again. Redzel hasn’t won since beating Trapeze Artist and Osborne Bulls in last year's Everest, with his autumn campaign plagued with small problems, and he is a $15 chance for the threepeat. Peter & Paul Snowden like what they have seen since Redzel has been back in the stable for the past six weeks and believe he will be a different horse in the spring. “Mr Zhang has always been keen on him and we were able to tell him that he has come back well. He has never been unsound but he had a few issues there last time in and the break has done him good.”
It's Showtime At ArrowfieldWed, 3 Jul 2019
In the 2019 breeding season, striking new Arrowfield freshman Showtime will, along with Champion-elect The Autumn Sun, become one of just six Arrowfield Stud-bred stallions to stand at the iconic Hunter Valley Stud in 30 years. The duo, plus last season's freshman Pariah, follow in the footsteps of Danzero (Champion Sire of 2YOs, 40 stakes-winners, 6 Gr1 winners), Flying Spur (Champion Sire in 2007, 99 stakes-winners, 12 Gr1 winners) and Beneteau, who tragically died after leaving two crops of 107 runners,10 stakes-winners and two Gr1 winners. A $1.1 million Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling full-brother to Gr1 heroine Sweet Idea from high class broodmare Flidais, stunning-looking Showtime went from an early season 2YO runner-up to racing almost exclusively in Group company for the rest of his career. His best successes came in the Gr2 MVRC Stutt S. (1600m) as a 3YO and a year later, in the WFA 1400-metre Gr2 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. (formerly the J.J. Liston S.) at Caulfield, where he settled easily on the speed, took control on the turn and grittily held off multiple Gr1 winner, and previous P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner Hartnell, and six other Gr1 winners. A series of excellent weight-for-age placings in his 3YO season franked Showtime's class: to Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 ATC All Aged S. & Gr2 Expressway S., and in the Gr1 MRC Futurity S., where he took the lead from a wide draw and fought on bravely to hold third, less than a length from the top-class Japanese pair Brave Smash & Tosen Stardom. Boasting dual Sydney Gr1 winner Electronic as his grandam, Showtime is standing his first season for $11,000.
Showtime (pic: Mark Gatt)
Inglis Celebrates Leading Gr1 Seasonal ResultsMon, 1 Jul 2019
Following the completion of the seasonal Gr1 races in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong over the past year, Inglis is celebrating being the leading provider of Gr1 winners across the three jurisdictions. Over the course of the 2018/19 season, Inglis has been responsible 19 individual Gr1-winning Inglis graduates in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. The best performed of the Gr1 winners was superstar colt and now hugely valuable Arrowfield Stud freshman sire The Autumn Sun (pictured), who won four times at the top level – The Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas. Further multiple Gr1-winning Inglis graduates this season were Santa Ana Lane (VRC Sprint, TJ Smith Stakes), Kenedna (Queen of the Turf Stakes, Doomben Cup) and Beat The Clock (Chairman’s Sprint Prize, Centenary Sprint Cup). The other Gr1 winners were Maid Of Heaven (Spring Champion Stakes), Land Of Plenty (Toorak Handicap), Extra Brut (Victoria Derby), Aristia (VRC Oaks), Voodoo Lad (Winterbottom Stakes), Manuel (CF Orr Stakes), In Her Time (Black Caviar Lightning), Booker (Oakleigh Plate), Trapeze Artist (Canterbury Stakes), Nature Strip (The Galaxy), Castelvecchio (Champagne Stakes), Spright (Robert Sangster Stakes), Crown Prosecutor (NZ Derby), Enzo’s Lad (Telegraph Handicap) and Mr Stunning (Hong Kong International Sprint). Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said, “To the breeders, vendors, suppliers, buyers, owners, trainers, strappers, stud and stable staff, everybody who has had anything to do with these results, congratulations.” Entries for the 2020 Inglis Select Yearling Sales open soon.
The Autumn Sun won four Gr1 races in 2018-19 (pic: Steve Hart)
Rich Hill Has Ace In The PackThu, 20 Jun 2019
High Chaparral’s dual Gr1-winning son Ace High has been retired to Rich Hill Stud, near Matamata, where he will stand for a fee of $10,000+GST for the forthcoming breeding season. It was through (bloodstock agent) Louis Le Metayer that Thompson was alerted to the potential availability of Ace High for stud duties. Trained by David Payne, Ace High was a winner at two and dominated as a spring 3YO, winning the Gr3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) before successive Gr1 victories in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and VRC Derby (2500m). As an autumn sophomore he was a close-up fourth in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) behind Kementari, Pierata and Trapeze Artist, and was a nose second to Levendi in the Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m). In a season thwarted by rain-affected tracks, Ace High won the Gr2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at four, defeating Gr1 winners It’s Somewhat and Egg Tart and was beaten 1.6-lengths in the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m). He retires the winner of five races and A$2.3 million in prizemoney. Ace High’s owner John Cordina will be retaining an interest in Rich Hill’s new sire recruit and supporting him with some quality mares. “He is a son of High Chaparral and there aren’t going to be any more. He could possibly be the last Gr1-winning son of High Chaparral to go to stud anywhere in the world,” Rich Hill Stud’s Managing Director John Thompson said. “If you look at Ace High’s tabulated pedigree, it just doesn’t come any better,” Thompson said. “He is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare who in turn is out of a Sunday Silence mare. His fifth dam is a full-sister to the dam of Danehill and his sixth dam is Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer.”
Prompt Response Searching For Second Dane RipperFri, 7 Jun 2019
Winner of the 2016 Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes before second in 2017 when trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Beneteau mare Prompt Response will tackle Saturday's $200,000 race once again, this time under the care of Chris Waller, who will also saddle up last year's winner Invincibella (I Am Invincible). Both using the race as a lead in run to the Gr1 Tatt's Tiara, Waller's third runner in the race, the Foxwedge mare Noire, is also likely to head towards the final Gr1 race of the season. The only elite level winner in the 12 strong field, Prompt Response has had some mixed form since joining the Waller stable after being sold to her new connections which include Antony Thompson's Widden Stud. Third behind Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) and Shoals (Fastnet Rock) in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes before a fourth to Winx (Street Cry) in the Gr1 George Ryder, Prompt Response's two runs since have been a narrow seventh, beaten less than a length and a half in the Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes followed by tenth behind The Bostonian (Jimmy Choux) in the recent Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup. Tony Gollan's 3YO filly Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom) who is one of the favourites for Saturday, finished two lengths ahead of Prompt Response last start and on the weights, set to carry 55.5kgs, looks the one to beat in the quality field.
Prompt Response (pic: Steve Hart)
Bondi Heads To WA's Lynward StudTue, 21 May 2019
Talented Gr1 performer Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) has been purchased by leading breeders Ted and Troy van Heemst, where he will stand at their Lynward Park Stud in Bullsbrook, WA. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, the precocious son of Snitzel was impressive as a juvenile when a half length second to Seabrook in the Gr1 Moet and Chandon Stakes (1600m), and was endlessly consistent at Group level, ending his career with a gallant third to boom horse The Autumn Sun in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, where he unfortunately sustained a career-ending tendon injury. The colt was purchased for $400,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, and he is bred on the same cross as sensational gallopers Trapeze Artist and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab (Snitzel-Red Ransom line). He will stand for a service fee of $6,600 inc GST.
New Lynward Park Stud recruit Bondi
Mapperly Stud Secures Gr1-Winning Snitzel SonFri, 17 May 2019
In a coup for the 2019 breeding season, Matamata's Mapperly Stud has secured the first son of champion sire Snitzel to stand at stud in New Zealand. NZ Racing Desk reports that Gr1-winner Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta De Lago), will join their 5-strong stallion roster, and will hopefully add a precocious, commercial presence to replace the deceased Atlante (Fastnet Rock) and complement their existing team. Purchased by Wexford Stables for $80,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and subsequently trained by Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott, and raced by Hermitage Thoroughbreds, the son of Snitzel had his most successful season as a 2YO, winning the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m) and the Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) before travelling to Australia with a gallant second to Invader (also by Snitzel) in the Gr1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, defeating boom horses Trapeze Artist and The Mission. Stud principal Simms Davison expressed his delight at the acquisition: "With all the sons of Snitzel starting to stand at stud, it is only going to be a matter of time before one of them puts their hand up and is the real deal," he said. "There is no reason why it won't be Summer Passage." The stallion will stand for a fee of $8,000 + GST.
Summer Passage (4) was raced by Hermitage Thoroughbreds (pic: NZRD)
Up And Coming Dracarys Back On TrackFri, 10 May 2019
Last starting under race conditions in the 2017 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), when beaten just shy of three lengths by the now Coolmore Stud-based Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 4yo Snitzel entire Dracarys is aiming to get his career back on track with a first up run in Saturday’s Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at the Scone standalone meeting. Secured by James Harron for $1 million from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Dracarys was an impressive 2YO debut winner before fifth in the Gr.2 Skyline Stakes. At three, he got the better of the now Spendthrift Australia-based Gold Standard (Sebring) in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes, was then then by Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 Golden Rose, before his pleasing effort in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. With three solid trials under his belt including a second to the Chris Waller-trained Gr.1 performer Zousain on April 26, with Deploy in third, Dracarys holds nominations to both the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) and Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), both at Gr1 level during the Brisbane Winter carnival, so connections clearly feel the stallion prospect has come back in fine order. The first foal of the dual Listed-winning Elusive Quality mare Nocturnelle, Dean Hawthorn Bloodstock secured the full-sister to Dracarys at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $300,000.
Dracarys holds two Gr1 nominations (pic: Steve Hart)
Southern Hemisphere Record Set By The Chairman's SaleMon, 6 May 2019
At the conclusion of proceedings on Friday night at Riverside Stables in Sydney, the $436,569 average became the highest of any mare sale in the southern hemisphere’s history, courtesy of 11 mares changing hands for $500,000 or more. Among the extensive highlights on the night where auctioneers wore black-tie to befit the ocassion, a Trapeze Artist breeding right for the 2019 season sold for Tye Angland for $105,000 in a moving moment for the injured jockey, who was present at the sale with his wife Erin. The service was donated by Trapeze Artist’s owner Bert Vieira who ended the night as equal-leading buyer by lots purchased alongside Aquis Farm with five purchases. Meanwhile, a stallion share in Newgate Farm stallion Russian Revolution consigned by Sledmere Stud, was purchased by Steve Morley Bloodstock and Glenlogan Park for $510,000. The Select Race Fillies and Broodmare session gets underway on Sunday.
Trapeze Artist (pic: Steve Hart)
Outstanding Track Gallop For MenariThu, 2 May 2019
Having his first public gallop after his stud career was put on hold due to fertility issues, the Corumbene Stud-bred and race Menari (Snitzel) worked between races at Warwick Farm on Wednesday for jockey James Innes Jnr. Last seen when finishing third in the Gr.1 Golden Rose behind Trapeze Artist and Champagne Cuddles, the Gerald Ryan-trained 4YO impressed everyone, none more so than his jockey. “If I didn’t have a clock on my head I’d have said he was going 15s when he was going 12s,” stated Innes post-race to Racenet. Working over 800m, Menari was clocked recording 35.66 seconds for his final 600m. “He was terrific,” Innes Jr said. “I reckon he’s come back as good as we could have expected and hoped. He’s ticked all the boxes at home. We brought him here today to get him out of the stable environment on a raceday and he was terrific.” If all goes to plan Menari is likely to trial on May 13 with a possible race start in the Listed At Sea Handicap (1100m) on May 25. One of the favoured runners for last year’s The Everest before a tendon injury saw his retirement, this year’s The Everest could be the ultimate aim for the multiple stakes-winning son of Arrowfield Stud’s Champion Sire.
Menari (pic: Mark Gatt)
Widden Announces Trapeze Artist & Zoustar FeesWed, 17 Apr 2019
In breeding news, Widden Stud has announced the fees for two of its key stallions to stand in 2019. Four-time Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) has had his fee set at $99,000 inc GST. Trumphant in the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr1 TJ Smith, Gr1 All-Aged Stakes and Gr1 Canterbury Stakes, the striking entire suffered a haematoma during his recent attempt to defend his TJ Smith Crown. He was also runner-up to Redzel in The Everest. Meanwhile, off the back of strong yearling demand and a sparkling first crop that boasted the first three home in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (a race he won himself), Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute’s Choice) has been catapulted to $154,000 inc GST for 2019. Widden principal Antony Thompson explained the hike: "Zoustar is the most exciting young stallion in the world and that demand has extended to the Northern Hemisphere where he is covering a full book of mares at Tweenhills Stud… He's also enjoyed a phenomenal year in the sales ring with multiple yearlings fetching $1m or more. Given his strong shareholder support nomination numbers are limited and we expect he'll be full within the next few days post the release of his fee."
Trapeze Artist will be popular in his first season at stud (pic: Steve Hart)
Injury Forces Immediate Trapeze Artist RetirementMon, 8 Apr 2019
Pending retirement for quadruple Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist has been accelerated after the stallion in waiting was injured during Saturday’s Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick. Winner of the race last year, and one of the top picks after a strong patch of form, the son of Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Snitzel atypically faded during the run, only to return to scale with a clear shoulder haematoma. According to AAP, owner Bert Vieira, who will stand the stallion at Widden Stud, told trainer Gerald Ryan that Trapeze Artist would immediately be retired. Runner-up in The Everest and placed in the Gr1 Sire’s Produce Stakes and Gr1 Randwick Guineas, he retires the winner of 7 races (also including the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr1 All Aged Stakes and Gr1 Canterbury Stakes) from 20 starts for earnings of $5,568,750.
Trapeze Artist (pic: Steve Hart)
Widden Secures Written By For StudMon, 8 Apr 2019
Hot on the heels of Widden Stud announcing that 4-time Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist will make his debut at the farm this season, principal Antony Thompson has revealed that Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Written By (Written Tycoon) will also make his debut in 2019. The winner of six races (also including the Gr3 Blue Diamond (c&g), Gr3 Pago Pago and Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes), the Grahame Begg-trained sprinter will stand for a fee of $24,750. AAP reports Thompson saying, "Physically, Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly built for the Australian conditions and our commercial market… Not since Pierro in 2013, has an Australian Gr1-winning 2YO retired to stud that is completely free of Danehill blood."
Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)