Canterbury Stakes Tips - Trapeze Artist ready to fly at Randwick

  • Fitness advantage for Trapeze Artist is the telling factor.
Trapeze Artist wins the TJ Smith Stakes

What a cracking race the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) has turned out to be. 

Five Group 1 winners, two Group 2 and 3 winners and the three-year-old Brutal looking to take on the big boys and girls.

I’m a fan of Brutal and think he was unlucky last time, but I just can’t have him at this level until he proves himself – and maybe he will. 

Without any disrespect to Fell Swoop, Prompt Response and Cool Passion, I think they will struggle here and the true class horses are Trapeze Artist, Kementari, Pierata and Shoals. 

I’ve heard plenty of talk about how Trapeze Artist hasn’t been able to beat Kementari and Pierata, but I’m ignoring that.

Kementari defeated that pair in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Randwick Guineas (1600m), but I think he’s better at those trips than Trapeze Artist.

Judging by a recent barrier trial where Trapeze Artist beat Pierata by 4.3 lengths and did it easily, I can’t see Pierata beating Trapeze Artist on Saturday.

Shoals swept past Trapeze Artist in the Premier Stakes (1200m) where Santa Ana Lane set a new track record at Randwick (1:07.45), but Shoals had a trial, a 3rd placing behind Nature Strip in the McEwan (1000m) and another trial before that run so she had fitness on her side. 

Without any public trials or racing this campaign, I’m worried 1300m may be a bit testing for her first-up, and she’s got bigger fish to fry later in the autumn. 

Trapeze Artist may have disappointed some as favourite in the Expressway Stakes (1200m) when finishing 4th behind Alizee, but he didn’t look ready for that race in his trial, and Alizee was a clear top pick. 

However, Trapeze Artist has had two more trials, the most recent more impressive than the previous, and he looks ready to go.

I think he’ll lead from barrier 6, and Kementari rates as the biggest danger, but Trapeze Artist is well placed here and he’s a special for mine. 


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