Premiere to make The Everest a bit clearer
HALF of the confirmed The TAB Everest runners go head-to-head tomorrow in a $500,000 race that is sure to have huge bearing on what happens the $13m grand final when they reassemble at Royal Randwick in two weeks’ time.
The Group 2 ATC Premiere Stakes (1200m) brings together
Everest favourite Trapeze Artist and the inaugural race champion, Redzel, who is second pick in market for this year’s main event.
The two Snitzel sons have met only once before – in the $2.6 Group 1 ATC T.J Smith Stakes (1200m) with Trapeze Artist putting 2-len on Redzel in a time of 1:08.29s.
While the stakes are considerably lower in Premiere compared to world’s richest turf race, the close proximity to The Everest rules out any thoughts of this being a mere dress rehearsal for what lay ahead.
“It’s important he runs very well,” Ryan told Sportsman.
“You get to this stage and if your horse can’t run well this weekend, it won’t be running well in a fortnight.” Trapeze Artist had the deck
and truly stacked against him when he resumed in the Group 2 ATC Theo Marks (1300m) at Rosehill on September 8.
He battled bravely under his 61kgs on what was a thoroughly unsuitable heavy 8 track.
Even so, Trapeze Artist was still able to post two of the fastest sectionals of the final 600m of all the runners.
“I thought he ran terrific firstup,” Ryan said. “I was surprised people were potting his run.”
has always planned to scale The Everest third-up with Trapeze Artist bearing in mind his third-up form is Black Opal (win), Golden Rose (win) and Randwick Guineas (third).
Those elite performances stand in stark contrast to Trapeze Artist’s second-up record of three starts, no placings.
“I don’t know what to read into that,” he said. “When he was second-up at his previous preparations, the aim was getting him out over a mile. And whereas from his first-up to his second-up runs at last two preparations – when they were three weeks apart, I trialled him in the middle. This time I didn’t. He only had a jump-out over 600m to keep him sharp.”
As for Redzel, a win in tomorrow’s Premiere would see him become the nation’s highest earning sprinter in history surpassing Chautauqua.
The Triple Crown/Snowden Racing gelding missed a scheduled start in The Shorts two weeks ago due to muscle soreness on the eve of the race. “Redzel worked strongly again
Tuesday morning,” said cotrainer Peter Snowden. “He worked well last Thursday and again yesterday, so he’s in great order now.
“He’s there to run well what’s a very, very good race but we know we’ve got a very good horse.
“This run will bring him right on and get him up to where we want for The Everest in two weeks, but he’s there run well tomorrow.”
Trapeze Artist (outside) and Redzel clash again in the Premiere Stakes. Pic: Grant Guy