Big guns trade the track for the breeding barn
Australian racing to farewell more than just Winx following The Championships
Day 1 of The Championships saw three Group One winners retired from racing.
Australian racing will have a hole to fill after Trapeze Artist, Shoals and Aloisia were all announced to be heading to the breeding barn after being unplaced in their respective races yesterday.
Trapeze Artist, a four-time Group One winner, was unplaced in his T.J Smith defence and will now head to stud. The Gerald Ryan-trained galloper was a big race specialist and announced his arrival as one of the guns of his generation when he humiliated a crack field in the 2017 Golden Rose at odds of $41. His second Group One was the T.J Smith last year which he backed up a fortnight later with the All Aged Stakes. The last of his majors came just a month ago in the Canterbury Stakes.
Shoals, who finished second in that race behind Trapeze Artist, is off to become a mum after her eighth in the T.J Smith behind Santa Ana Lane.
The Anthony Freedman runner started favourite in last year’s Everest and began her career with four straight wins before taking out the Myer Classic in November 2017. Proving that win was no fluke, she then won the Surround Stakes a little over 13 months ago and then claimed her third Group One at Morphettville when successful in the Robert Sangster.
Finally, talented mare Aloisia is also eyeing off motherhood after finishing out of the placings in The Star Doncaster Mile. A member of the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable, Aloisia’s lone Group One came at the expense of Shoals and Alizee in the 2017 Thousand Guineas. She then backed that up a fortnight later with arguably her best, and last win, when thrashing Cliff’s Edge in the AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley.
Combined, all three horses won eight Group Ones, 17 races and nearly $9 million in stakes.