Trapeze Artist | Horse Of The Month April 2018
Trapeze Artist - Horse Of The Month April 2018
Selecting a horse for the betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month accolade was not so difficult.
It would have been Winx, but for the fact we gave it to her just last month and if we ever pick her again, it would have to be in October coming, when she wins her fourth consecutive Cox Plate. Also, we need to start thinking in terms of Horse of the Year, in which case, it would again be Winx for 2018 with a retroactive honour for 2017.
It would seem obvious that she would be the clear choice as Horse of the Decade.
We could even throw her name out there for Horse of the Century, but a lost can happen between late April of 2018 and April of 2100, so we will hold off for now.
Rather, we picked Trapeze Artist for the betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month for April 2018.
The three-year-old colt by Snitzel from Treppes had some good fortune in April.
Rosehill based trainer Gerald Ryan has carefully curated the workload of the youngster, with the result being two Group 1 race wins for the month.
Trapeze Artist won the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes on April 7 at Randwick, beating no less than Redzel in the process, and next up, he beat experienced sprinter Le Romain in the Group 1 ATC All Aged Stakes on April 21.
Those two wins brought in $1.92 million in prize money and showed that a horse with strong Australian bloodlines can thrive. What we found interesting about his lines is that the Australian champion Bletchingly was the grandsire of Trapeze Artist’s dam and Bletchingly appears of the sire’s side two further generations back.
For those who can recall, Bletchingly sired another famous offspring, none other than Kingston Town.
The other thing about Trapeze Artists connection to Bletchingly that we found interesting is that Bletchingly was only tried five times, a harbinger, perhaps, of the tendency for promising colts to be sent to the breeding sheds early, in the manner of Capitalist, who retired as a three-year-old.
The difference here, at least as of late April 2018, is that Trapeze Artist’s connections have decided to keep on running him, which should delight all of us who follow thoroughbred racing. If Trapeze Artist lives up to his early going, it will not be long until we are tracing the connection to Kingston Town, looking for those common lines that in this case, at least, seem to be indicative of greatness on the track.
Congratulations to Trapeze Artist, the April 2018 betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month.