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
Rich Hill Has Ace In The PackWed, 19 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)
Royal Randwick's Star Studded Barrier TrialsFri, 29 Mar 2019
Nominations for this morning's Royal Randwick barrier trials continue to highlight the quality of runners at present that are readying themselves for the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The opening trial of the day sees the recent Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes one-two of Global Exchange and Declarationofheart both nominated, while they will be joined by Happy Clapper, who disappointed last start in the All-Star Mile when stewards reported that his failure could be attributed to a "degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage." Trainer Pat Webster has indicated that Happy Clapper will not head to the Gr1 Doncaster Hcp this year, stating "I'd rather give him a nice easy trial on Friday and then we've got another two weeks to the Queen Elizabeth and hopefully he can run second to Winx again." Scratched from the Gr1 William Reid last week due to a bruised foot, multiple Gr1-winning mare Shoals has been nominated for the second trial of the day over 1050m and a forward showing should indicate that she's back on track for the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes. The third trial of the day sees three quality sprinters go head to head in Osborne Bulls, Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic, with all three likely to clash with Shoals in the TJ Smith on the opening day of The Championships. Four time Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist, who was recently announced as standing at Widden Stud this season, will contest the fourth heat of the day, with the son of Champion Sire Snitzel aiming to claim back to back wins in the TJ Smith Stakes after his victory over Redzel and In Her Time last year.
Inglis Chairman's Sale Catalogue OnlineTue, 26 Mar 2019
A stunning collection of top-class mares will be offered at this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, for which the catalogue is now available online: CLICK HERE. In total 53 lots have been collated for the boutique sale, which will take place from 6.30pm on Friday May 3 at Riverside Stables. They include mares in foal to many of Australia’s most commercial stallions, among them Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Exceed And Excel, Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Pierro, Dundeel, No Nay Never, Brazen Beau, Impending, Deep Field and Capitalist. The sale will begin with a nomination to Widden Stud’s hot new first season sire, four-time Gr1 winner, Trapeze Artist, for the 2019 Australian breeding season, with all proceeds going to injured jockey Tye Angland. The other stallion offering is one share in the Russian Revolution stallion syndicate, likely to be much coveted, entitling the owner to two nominations per season until the 2021 season and thereafter one nomination per season.
Covering sire Gr1 winner Merchant Navy (pic: Mark Gatt)
Winx At Her Shortest Price EverFri, 22 Mar 2019
There used to be two certainties in life, however since 16 May 2015, when she won the Gr2 Sunshine Coast Guineas, we've been able to add Winx to death and taxes. That's led to impressive six figure wagers that just keep getting rolled into one another like impossibly lucrative compond interest. And, now, nearly four years and 31 consecutive wins later, the mighty mare is at her shortest quote ever of $1.06, 2c shorter than in her past two starts. Of course, she looks like a gimme, but with Egg Tart scratched every single competitor is facing her for the first time which brings unknowns, notwithstanding how far ahead she rates on paper. Intentionally trying to find reasons why they might cause an upset, the seven in order are:
- Land Of Plenty ($17); Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner as conistent as they come, and draws to do no work on the rail.
- Dreamforce ($26); last start stakes-winner who is a jump and run type likely to look for the lead. Proven to 1600m and can carry weight.
- So Si Bon ($51); beaten a length or so in the Gr1 Australian Cup after missing by a nose in the Blamey and rattles home like an express train.
- Prompt Response ($51); Gr1 Tatts Tiara heroine who nearly caused an upset at $41 when just over 2-lengths behind Trapeze Artist a fortnight ago.
- Teleplay ($101); Never beaten more than 2-lengths in 8 starts, and is genuine Group quality. Nice experience for the connections, and might not finish last.
- Ringerdingding ($26); Winx stablemate who finished close-up behind Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas; exciting 3YO colt on the up.
- Brutal ($26); another 3YO who has proved in a short space of time he's a quality horse, even if 1500m at this level may be a bridge too far.
Kementari to stand at Kelvinside in 2019Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Lonhro’s Gr1-winning son Kementari will join Darley’s roster at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley to make his stud debut in 2019. The dominant 3YO of his generation when winning the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, Kementari (Lonhro-Yavannah, by Redoute’s Choice) will stand alongside his sire Lonhro. Blessed with a massive turn of foot, Kementari showed huge talent from very early on in his career, with a 4-length juvenile victory over 1400m at Randwick at his second start. He returned strongly at three, making the frame in both the Gr2 Run To The Rose and Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude, before finishing the unluckiest of seconds in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. After a summer spell, Kementari returned for the autumn with a hat-trick of wins in the 1200m Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, 1400m Gr2 Hobartville Stakes and Gr1 Randwick Guineas (as favourite), where he defeated nine Gr1 performers including Trapeze Artist, Pierata, D’Argento and Ace High. Also placed at three behind Winx in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, at four Kementari campaigned entirely at WFA level, running narrow margin placings in the Gr1 Memsie, Gr1 C.F.Orr and Gr1 Manikato Stakes. Darley has set his fee at $33,000.
Trapeze Artist Wins Gr1 Canterbury StakesMon, 11 Mar 2019
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In pouring rain in Sydney at Randwick, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added yet another Gr1 victory to his tally when 4YO stallion-in-waiting Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) scored a dominant 1.5-length victory for Gerald Ryan in the $500,000 Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), defeating 4YO mare Shoals & 5YO mare Prompt Response. This is the fourth Gr1 for the remarkable stallion prospect, and he did it in style under in-form hoop Blake Shinn, who decided to up the sedate pace and took the lead in the first furlong. Unchallenged until the final 50m, the son of Snitzel travelled beautifully throughout and attacked the line impressively, fending off a late but heroic run from Shoals, the entire securing his future as one of Australia’s most promising sires. Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. His win in the Canterbury Stakes brings his record to 7 wins (including back-to-back Gr1s in The TJ Smith (1200m) and All Aged Stakes (1400m), and Gr1 The Golden Rose (1400m)) and 4 placings (including runner-up to Redzel in The Everest in the Spring) from 19 starts for $5,538,750 in earnings. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Trapeze Artist To Stand At Widden StudMon, 11 Mar 2019
Four time Gr1-winning sprinter Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) will stand at Widden Stud, according to widden.com. The Bert Viera-owned 4YO entire added to his sparkling record with a fourth Gr1 victory last Saturday in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes in track record time (see report further down). By Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Snitzel, Trapeze Artist was Champion 3YO Colt in Australia last season and has earned in excess of $5.5 million with Gr1 wins in the ATC Golden Rose (1400m), All Aged Stakes (1400m) TJ Smith Stakes (1200m). He smashed Black Caviar’s race record in the Gr1 ATC TJ Smith Stakes defeating Redzel, In Her Time and Le Romain, then became the first 3YO in history to go on and win the All Aged Stakes at his next start. He was also runner-up in The Everest. “It’s a real privilege to stand Trapeze Artist on behalf of the Viera family,” said Widden Stud’s Antony Thompson. “He is a record breaking machine, just a phenomenal athlete and is by the best stallion in the country. Trapeze Artist’s swansong is likely to be his attempt to go back-to-back in the TJ Smith on 6 April. A stud fee is yet to be announced.
Trapeze Artist won Saturday's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)
Trapeze Artist Heads Gr1 Canterbury Stakes NomsTue, 5 Mar 2019
With three Gr1 victories already to his record (see below), the Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist, a son of Arrowfield Stud's Champion Sire Snitzel, is currently one of 12 nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) to be run at Royal Randwick. Fourth behind Alizee in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes on February 2, the 4YO has since had two barrier trials, winning on both occasions highlighted by an impressive four and three-quarter length romp on March 1. A possible Royal Ascot contender in June, victory on Saturday will only add further gloss to his appeal as a stallion prospect once he retires from racing. In what is sure to be an outstanding race, fellow nominations include Gr1 winners Brave Smash and Le Romain for Kris Lees, Shoals for Anthony Freedman, Godolphin's Kementari, while the Gr1 Beneteau mare Prompt Response is now in the Chris Waller stable, having had a change of ownership led by Widden Stud.
Trapeze Artist All Class In Randwick Trial WinTue, 19 Feb 2019
Triple Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist headed to the Randwick barrier trials on Monday morning where the son of Arrowfield Stud's Champion Sire Snitzel looked outstanding in his two-and-three-quarter length romp. Ridden by Blake Shinn, the Vieira Racing, Mr B Vieira, Mrs S G Vieira, Mr T Vieira, Mrs C Vieira-Choy and Mr J A Choy-owned 4YO entire pulled himself forward from his outside gate to take up the running. Having missed the start, the Greg Hickman-trained Pierata (Pierro) tacked onto the field before travelling wide to find himself in second position with 600m to run. Asked for an effort at the 250m mark by Shinn, Trapeze Artist surged clear to record an easy victory in a time of 1.02.40 for the 1045m. Working home late to finish in second was John O'Shea's Sebring colt King's Peak, ahead of Pierata who tired late, while multiple stakes-winning mare Dixie Blossom (Street Sense) came home very well for fourth. With a stud career beckoning, Trapeze Artist resumed in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes on February 2, with a closing fourth behind Alizee (Sepoy) after ending his Spring campaign with a second to Redzel (Snitzel) in The Everest. Originally mentioned as heading to the Gr2 Apollo Stakes for his second run of the campaign, connections decided to bypass a clash against Winx, with the stallion prospect set to head to the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes on March 9 instead; talk of a possible Royal Ascot trip in June is still on the cards.
Trapeze Artist (pic: Steve Hart)
Alizee Wins Gr2 Expressway StakesMon, 4 Feb 2019
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality-Watchful, by Danehill) celebrated another Group success when sensational 4YO mare Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) scored a soft 2-lengths victory for trainer James Cummings in the $184,000 Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), ahead of 6YO gelding Le Romain and 8YO gelding Dothraki. Allowed to settle at the rear of the field, Alizee was travelling sweetly when heads were turned for home, and when jockey Blake Shinn produced her it started to look ominous for Trapeze Artist who’d replaced her at the top of the markets by post time. Slipping into an effortless gear, the dependable mare nonchelantly sauntered to the finish line looking like she hadn’t spent a penny. “She’s a serious animal,” said James Cummings, “at weight-for-age to see her perform like that is a great thrill… She’s had a really faultless campaign… Bit by bit we’ve just chiselled her down to have her looking the way she did first up and the way she did today.” Alizee will now head to Caulfield’s Gr1 Futurity Stakes, with a record that reads 7 wins (including the Gr1 Flight Stakes, Gr1 Queen of the Turf Stakes, Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes, Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes and Listed Christmas Classic) & 3 placings (including the Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes) from 16 starts for $1,598,200 in earnings.
It's all Alizee in the Expressway Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)
Express Dynamite Comes In Small PackagesFri, 1 Feb 2019
At face value it might be disappointing to see just a half dozen runners carded for Saturday’s Gr3 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill Gardens, however it is a hugely exciting affair. Alizee’s return to racing for the Xmas Classic, after hibernating since April, was simply a wow moment. The beautifully bred Gr1 winner came back looking like she’d moved to another division for Godolphin, and both Trapeze Artist and Le Romain will have to be at their very best to match her finish. Trainer James Cummings, who will also saddle evergreen Hartnell over a sharper distance than he’d probably prefer, noted of Alizee, "She’s done brilliantly between runs. This is a nice, healthy, competitive race, but a small field to help her on her way before she steps up in distance. She looked wonderful in her action in trial since her last win which was the first time at this level that she has competed against males. She did that quite effortlessly and technically gave Fell Swoop two kilos.” Cummings did, however, acknowledge, “This is second up after a long time off, therefore the pressure is on her to reproduce the form.”
A more powerful Alizee returned in the Xmas Classic (pic: Steve Hart)