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