Trapeze Artist is set to bounce back from a disappointing last-start performance when he lines up in Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes.
Trapeze Artist will attempt to erase memories of an Expressway Stakes defeat with a fourth Group One victory in Saturday’s Gr. 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick.
He will be ridden by jockey of the moment Blake Shinn, who won three races at Randwick last Saturday and was lauded for his ride on Happy Clapper, a gallant second to Winx in the Gr. 1 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Trapeze Artist was the beaten favourite in the Expressway Stakes won by Alizee on February 2. His performance may have disappointed punters, but not his trainer Gerald Ryan, who put it down to the soft track.
“It was a Soft7. He either likes it firm or a Heavy10. I don’t know why,” Ryan said. “I wasn’t disappointed with him and he has done extremely well since.”
After the Canterbury Stakes, Trapeze Artist will try to defend his titles in the TJ Smith and All Aged Stakes. However, Ryan has all but ruled out a trip to Royal Ascot.
“He will run in those races as he did last year and then probably go to stud,” he said.
The four-year-old’s owner Bert Vieira resisted offers from studs for Trapeze Artist last year in favour of a tilt at the A$13 million Everest in the spring, in which he ran a gallant second to Redzel on a heavy track.
Dual Everest winner Redzel will also be in action on Saturday, lining up in the Gr. 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000 metres. That field also features Estijaab, having just her second start since winning last year’s Golden Slipper. She finished second to Fiesta in the A$1 million Inglis Sprint on February 9 and won a barrier trial last Friday.