Ever­est favourite ready to show his cre­den­tials at Rose­hill

The Sportsman Midweek - - Randwick Kensington Preview - CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

WHILE race­go­ers have now seen sev­eral The TAB Ever­est con­tenders in ac­tion, the fo­cus turns to the re­turn of Trapeze Artist, the favourite for $13 mil­lion race.

Trainer Ger­ald Ryan kept an eye on Satur­day’s sprint races at Rand­wick and Caulfield but is more than happy with his charge who will re­sume in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rose­hill Gar­den this week­end.

Last year’s Ever­est win­ner Redzel be­gan his cam­paign with vic­tory in the Con­corde Stakes at Rand­wick which fel­low slot holder In­vin­ci­ble Star was third.

Brave Smash and Santa Ana Lane fin­ished third fifth re­spec­tively in The Heath at Caulfield where 2017 Ever­est run­ner-up Vega Magic was fourth the Mem­sie Stakes.

Ke­men­tari, a close sec­ond in the Mem­sie, is in the run­ning for one of two re­main­ing Ever­est slots.

“Redzel was good and In­vin­ci­ble Star will im­prove,” Ryan said.

“Santa Ana Lane Vega Magic also went well and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what hap­pens next week with Shoals and Na­ture Strip.

“But I couldn’t be hap­pier with Trapeze Artist. He looks well and is work­ing well for him.

“He’s not the best track worker but he’s bright and happy.”

Na­ture Strip, who does not yet have a slot, triple Group 1 win­ner Shoals are set to clash in the 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Val­ley on Satur­day.

Trapeze Artist is raced by Bert Vieira who put the colt’s stud ca­reer on hold in favour of rac­ing in The Ever­est for slot holder Aquis Farm.

In­ter­est in Trapeze Artist as a stal­lion prospect was high af­ter he com­pleted his stel­lar sea­son with his third Group 1 win in the All-Aged Stakes.

He also won the Golden Rose last Septem­ber and be­fore his All-Aged win, he beat Redzel fel­low Ever­est run­ner In Her Time to win the TJ Smith Stakes.

“You don’t re­ally know how they are go­ing to go from three-year- olds to four un­til you race them but he is on track,’ Ryan said. The plan is to run in the Pre­miere Stakes (Septem­ber 29) be­fore The Ever­est.”

Trapeze Artist re­mains the $ 4.50 favourite for The Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 13 ahead of Redzel at $ 6.

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