Multiple Group One winner Trapeze Artist probably left punters with more questions than answers after he resumed from a spell in the Theo Marks Stakes last Saturday afternoon at Rosehill.
The Gerald Ryan-trained galloper settled worse than midfield and tracked D’argento into the race. Jockey Tye Angland came to the centre of the track on straightening to issue his challenge, however, Trapeze Artist couldn’t pick up the leader (Home Of The Brave) or D’argento and ultimately wound up third, beaten 3.3 lengths.
Most corporates had Trapeze Artist as favourite for The Everest prior to that run but now most have him on the second and third line of betting behind defending champion, Redzel.
Was that reaction justified?
Well, let’s look at the facts. The four-year-old was first-up since wining the TJ Smith back in April and was also carrying 61kgs, which meant he was conceding 5kgs to D’argento and 3.5kgs to the winner.
Another important factor to consider is that Angland made his run down the centre of the track which at that point of the day (race 5) wasn’t the place to be. In fact, every race bar the final event saw the winner come from near the fence.
The Heavy track may have also played a part in his undoing but all things considering he is probably out to a reasonable price to win The Everest with $6.50 @ Palmerbet being the best available in the marketplace at present.
The race is only a matter of weeks away and no doubt Ryan will have a few tricks up his sleeve in preparation for the main event. Last Saturday wasn’t the stallion prospect’s Grand Final so you can be assured there is still plenty left in the locker.
As for the winner, Home Of The Brave went from as much as $51 into $15 to win The Everest but hasn’t secured a slot as yet. With boom galloper Nature Strip getting slot number 11 just days ago, it leaves one spot left in the big one. Did the James Cummings-trained import do enough to get the final ticket to the dance?
Only time will tell.