All Aged Stakes Tips - hard to go past flying Trapeze Artist

  • Trapeze Artist could be the next big thing. 
  • No query stepping back up to 1400m.
Tye Angland on Trapeze Artist wins the TJ Smith Stakes

There is absolutely no doubting the quality of Trapeze Artist’s last start win in the TJ Smith Stakes, and he should be winning again in Saturday’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. 


After sitting three deep throughout, and then coming four wide on the turn, the son of Snitzel was utterly dominant as he cruised past Redzel to score by two lengths in a time of 1:08.29 on a Good 4-rated track. 

To put it into perspective, it was the quickest TJ Smith Stakes in history, beating the previous best (1:08.7) which was held by Black Caviar.

He ran faster than Redzel did on a Good 3 when winning The Everest in 1:08.360 on a Good 3, while he also went close to the track record (1:08.06) which was recorded by Deploy on a lightning fast Good 3. 

All things considered, I think it was the best 1200m performance in Randwick’s history.

Watch a replay of the race:



So, Trapeze Artist is a gun sprinter, but how does that equate to his chances over 1400m on Saturday?

Prior to Saturday’s stunning win, Trapeze Artist’s only Group 1 success was in the Golden Rose where he demolished a classy field to win by 4.3 lengths. 

After taking out the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) when first-up this campaign, Trapeze Artist finished 1.6 lengths 4th in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) behind Kementari, Pierata and D’argento.

Being second-up, he may not have been ready for 1400m, but the form out of that race couldn’t be any stronger with Kementari going on to finish 3rd behind Winx in the George Ryder, while D’argento won the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and finished 4th in the Doncaster Mile when dropping back in trip. 

Trapeze Artist was tested in the Randwick Guineas (1600m), and again was only 1.8 lengths from Kementari, and while he didn’t appear to be suited dropping back in trip to the TJ Smith Stakes, it may have been those earlier runs over 1400m and 1600m that saw him so strong through the line after sustaining a wide run. 

He’s at absolute peak fitness now and should be just as dominant over 1400m on Saturday.

If he can hold his form, his current price of $2.60 looks over the odds, and I think he should be closer to $1.60.

Over the past 35 years, one third of All Aged Stakes winners have jumped from barriers 6, 7 or 8, so with Trapeze Artist jumping from a favourable gate (8) with regular rider Tye Angland aboard, he’s the one they all have to beat. 

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