Trapeze Artist Runs Straight By Redzel in Group 1 T J Smith Stakes

Punting on horse races in an inexact science. Neither is it a precise art.

It requires some amount of philosophy as well, if one is going to understand how Trapeze Artist left Redzel in the diminishing smoke of his wake in Saturday’s Group 1 T J Smith Stakes at Randwick, yet is still trailing Redzel in the futures markets for The Everest in October.

Trapeze Artist ran right by Redzel in the final 100 m of the T J Smith Stakes. Redzel was a heavy $2.30 favourite, compared to the $8 starting price Trapeze Artist offered.

Winning trainer Gerald Ryan at one time handled the preparations for Redzel, but he was supplanted by the Snowdens. Both Redzel and Trapeze Artist have Snitzel as their sire, but different dams, so all the blame for Redzel’s upset at the hands of Trapeze Artist must be laid at the hooves of the mothers.

Ryan has something of a chip on his shoulder, believing, as he does, that Trapeze Artist does not receive the proper level of respect.

Redzel has two Group 1s, The Everest and almost $9 million in the bag, so the victory by the young Trapeze Artist is sure to earn some much-deserved publicity.

I’ve had a lot faith in the horse and he’d been going very well,” Ryan said.“He just keeps going. I know he was covering ground today but he seems to appreciate that in a fast run race – he proved that in the (Group 1) Golden Rose.

With the impressive victory, there is already talk about the money Trapeze Artist could bring in via the breeding shed. That rise in value might lead to an early retirement and come at the expense of a showdown with Redzel in The Everest.

“I think they might be knocking on the door for him to go to stud soon but I hope Bert (owner Vert Vieira) keeps racing him because he’s the best horse he’s ever had,” Ryan said.

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