Trapeze Artist vac­ci­nated and pre­peared for over­seas chal­lenge

The Sportsman Midweek - - Randwick Kensington Preview - CARYL WILLIAMSON

TRAPEZE Artist has been in­oc­u­lated in prepa­ra­tion for rac­ing over­seas, ei­ther in Hong Kong or Eng­land, or hope­fully both.

The four-year- old fin­ished a gal­lant sec­ond to Redzel in the $13 mil­lion Ever­est at Rand­wick on a heavy track which is not his pre­ferred sur­face.

His owner Bert Vieira and trainer Ger­ald Ryan have ex­pressed a de­sire to show the triple Group 1 win­ner on world stage be­fore he heads to stud next year.

They are hop­ing the quar­an­tine re­stric­tions be­tween Aus­tralia and Hong Kong are re­laxed in time for the In­ter­na­tional meet­ing in De­cem­ber.

At the mo­ment the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has not ap­proved travel home from Hong Kong be­cause of the move­ment of horses be­tween Sha Tin and the Conghua Train­ing Cen­tre on main­land China.

Aus­tralian horses rac­ing in Hong Kong have to spend six months in an­other coun­try be­fore they re­turn.

The same ap­plies to horses re­tired from rac­ing in Hong Kong with many now domi­ciled in New Zealand.

“He has been in­oc­u­lated,” Ryan said.

“Sun­day was the last day he could be vac­ci­nated for Hong Kong if they lift re­stric­tions and then he just needs a booster.

“It it doesn’t work out with Hong Kong, so be it. But it means he has also been vac­ci­nated for a pos­si­ble trip to Royal As­cot.”

Ryan said Trapeze Artist was un­der­stand­ably tired after the race.

“He ate up and seems fine but a lit­tle tired,” he said.

“We will de­cide at the end of the week whether he goes to Mel­bourne for an­other race or not.”

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