Ryan wants crack at Ever­est as own­ers field $40m of­fers

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

TRAINER Ger­ald Ryan feels Trapeze Artist could be on “top of the world” next sea­son — no pun in­tended.

As good as Trapeze Artist has been as a three-year-old — and he scored his third Group 1 win at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day — Ryan be­lieves the best is yet to come.

“I’d like to see him keep rac­ing, I’d like to come back for The Ever­est, he’d be sen­sa­tional in that,’’ he said.

Ryan made the com­ment after Trapeze Artist broke the track record to edge out Le Ro­main in an epic fin­ish to the Group 1 $600,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) be­fore a crowd of 12,229 at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

The only prob­lem — if you can call it that — for Ryan is that Trapeze Artist is ar­guably the hottest prop­erty in rac­ing.

Trapeze Artist’s own­ers are be­ing bom­barded with of­fers ru­moured to be north of $40 mil­lion to sell their colt as a com­mer­cial stal­lion prospect. But at this stage, all in­di­ca­tions are that Trapeze Artist will race on next sea­son.

Ryan con­firmed he is al­ready plan­ning an as­sault on the $13 mil­lion The Ever­est (1200m) at Royal Rand­wick on Oc­to­ber 13 with Trapeze Artist.

TAB Fixed Odds is al­ready bet­ting on The Ever­est with Trapeze Artist sec­ond favourite at $5 be­hind last year’s in­au­gu­ral win­ner Redzel ( $4.60).

“Trapeze Artist’s done his job this sea­son and will go for a spell now,’’ Ryan said.

“I would say he will only have one lead-up run into The Ever­est so he is nice and sharp for the race. “He didn’t race early be­cause he needed a bit of time and, al­though he was a handy two-year-old, he came back in the spring and did very well.

“Then he only had 23 days off after he ran at Flem­ing­ton and this au­tumn has come back a stronger horse.

“He goes out now and will have a six- to seven-week break then he might be fair dinkum top of the world as a four-year-old. Just hope we get a chance to show it.’’

Ryan’s be­lief there is more im­prove­ment to come from Trapeze Artist must be wor­ry­ing for po­ten­tial Ever­est ri­vals.

Trapeze Artist ($2.30 favourite) showed his tremen­dous will-to-win to wear down Le Ro­main ($11) in Syd­ney’s fi­nal Group 1 race of the sea­son by a head with early leader Show­time ($17) 1½ lengths away third.

Ryan’s colt stopped the clock at 1min 20.33sec, break­ing the stan­dard set by So­licit two years ago by just 0.01s.

It was Trapeze’s Art- ist’s third Group 1 win of the sea­son after his Golden Rose win and his de­feat of Redzel in the T.J. Smith Stakes on day one of The Cham­pi­onships this month.

Only the great Winx with six Group 1s won more ma­jors this sea­son.

Ryan has pre­pared many out­stand­ing gal­lop­ers in­clud­ing Hur­ri­cane Sky, Clan­galang, Snitzel, Melito and Snitzer­land but he was moved to rate Trapeze Artist up with the best he has trained.

“I’ve never trained a horse to win three Group 1 races in a sea­son,’’ he said. “He’s run a track record and beaten a three-time Group 1 win­ner in Le Ro­main to­day.

“He’s got the job done again and it is on­wards and up­wards, hope­fully.’’

Tye Ang­land rode Trapeze Artist in all the of the colt’s big- race wins this sea­son.

Tye Ang­land rides Trapeze Artist to vic­tory in the All Aged Stakes at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: AAP

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