Trapeze Artist Flies Through Golden Rose Field with Greatest of Ease

Trapeze Artist has won the 1400 m Group 1 Golden Rose at Sydney’s Rosehill racecourse, paying handsomely to any of the backers who took the $41 starting price.

Ten of the other horses in the 14-horse field had shorter odds, including favourite Menari ($2.40), Merchant Navy ($7), Pariah ($8.50) and two at $10, Gold Standard and Assimilate.

Trainer Gerald Ryan had reason to smile, as along with the $580,000 Trapeze Artist earned, he also took third place money of $98,500 Menari took in.

Trapeze Artist seemingly had an easy go of it, winning by 4.3 lengths over Bjorn Baker’s Champagne Cuddles.

Trapeze Artist jockey Tye Angland was all smiles afterward, as he vanquished the ghosts of the past when he was not able to seal a golden Rose victory two years ago when he had the capable Press Statement beneath him in 2015, or in 2014, when he came up short riding Scissor Kick.

“This race has been a bit of a killer for me so to get him over the line is super,” Angland said.”I was caught three and four wide on Scissor Kick and got run down late by Hallowed Crown and on Press Statement we had no luck, so it’s good to change that luck today.

Trapeze Artist and Angland occupied the midfield before entering the straight, circling Menari, and then powering clear to the post. They ran the last 600 m in 36 flat.

Trapeze Artist, by Snitzel from Treppes, might be headed for the Epsom Handicap, but no three-year-old has won the race since Noholme in 1959. The Golden Rose win did help him enormously in the Epsom betting. Prior, he was listed at $71. Now, he has shortened to $11.

When Angland said that Trapeze Artist had been flying under the radar, he was guilty of a bit of an understatement, due largely to racing punter ignorance, or a failure of racing punters to appreciate the path taken by Ryan, but Trapeze Artist is a major blip on that radar now.

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