Trapeze Artist to Race On Avoid Breeding Shed Until Later

The exceptional thing about covering Australian thoroughbred racing is that, even when the gallopers are not competing on the turf, there are plenty of things going on about which to report.

Not long ago, we reported on a jockey being suspended and fined for violating the whip rule in a Group 1 race that the horse narrowly won after jumping as an $81 chance.

More recently, we learned that Seymour based trainer Michael Quandara was found guilty of punching one of his horses in the head six times.

This abhorrent incident caught our attention only because it seemed as though the number of blows Quandara rained down on the head of Manhattan Sparkle was of significance, as though a certain number, less than five, would have been fine, but six crossed the line.

The penalty for his crime has yet to be decided, but Quandara might be expected to be treated as harshly as he treated Manhattan Sparkle.

In a more positive development, for some at least, the decision has been made by connections to keep racing Trapeze Artist. The three-year-old colt by Snitzel from Treppes has won three Group 1 races beginning with the Golden Rose in September of 2017. He won the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick at the beginning of April and the All Aged Stakes a fortnight later.

In recent times, young studs of Trapeze Artist’s calibre are often retired early to avoid the risk to their futures as breeders.

Owner/breeder Bert Viera mentioned plans of keeping Trapeze Artist on the track until 2019 and it seems as though the target for the young sprinter will be The Everest in the spring carnival.

Viera also mentioned that overseas duty might be in the works, with Hong Kong and Britain’s Royal Ascot being a part of the conversation.

Viera wound up with Trapeze Artist when no one would meet the $350,000 reserve price at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Current estimates place the stallion’s value around $40 million.

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