Slot Holder: Aquis
Trainer: Gerald Ryan
Owners: Vieira Racing, Mr B Vieira, Mrs S G Vieira, Mr T Vieira, Mrs C Vieira-Choy, Mr J A Choy
Jockey: Tye Angland
Career: 14: 6-0-2
Trapeze Artist already had a reputation as a “giant killer” having won the Golden Rose as a spring three-year-old and the only thing bigger than the winning margin was his odds. He returned in the autumn and after winning the Expressway Stakes first up he went on to be competitive in the Hobartville and Randwick Guineas against Kementari. After a four week freshen, few would have predicted what he’d then do to the country’s benchmark sprinter, Redzel, in the TJ Smith Stakes on Day 1 of The Championships. He won the feature sprint race by a widening two lengths. Of course his reputation had soared by then and amidst plenty of Everest chatter, he all but locked away his spot by taking out the All Aged Stakes, this time as favourite, in quick time.
Aquis Farm were the fastest to swoop on the son of Snitzel with Aquis’ CEO Shane McGrath believing that Trapeze Artist is the “dominant sprinter” among Australia’s current ranks. At this time, it’s hard to argue.
“When you get the chance to lock in a horse like Trapeze Artist it was a very straightforward decision for us. It was a quick negotiation and it made sense, with the opportunity to not only enhance the Aquis brand but also Trapeze Artist’s record on the track,” McGrath said.
“He is in the hands of the master trainer of Snitzels (Gerald Ryan) and he’ll have him peaking on the big day. The trainer, owner and horse are all winners. Bert (Vieira) is adamant we’ll all be together for the big dance and we can’t wait.”
Having booked his spot in the “big dance”, owner Bert Vieira doubts he’ll ever get another Trapeze Artist.
“It’s a once of a lifetime opportunity, I don’t think I’ll get another horse like this,” Vieira said.
“I don’t know how good he is and now we get the upside of racing the horse in the Everest and overseas. I don’t want to have any regrets, I don’t want to wonder.”