Trainer Gerald Ryan has already mapped out early autumn plans for his crack sprinter Trapeze Artist after his decision to bypass the Melbourne spring carnival.
Ryan elected to give Trapeze Artist a short spell after he finished second to Redzel in the $13 milion Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 20.
The 4YO has spent five weeks in the paddock while Redzel Horseform and others went on to race in Melbourne culminating with last Saturday’s G1 Sprint Classic at Flemington won by Santa Ana Lane.
Santa Ana Lane had finished only sixth in the Everest, run on a heavy track, but improved on the better ground last Saturday to beat another Everest flop In Her Time Horseform with Redzel unplaced.
Ryan has no regrets about missing the Sprint Classic with Trapeze Artist, believing his spring break will see him add to his G1 record when he resumes early next year.
A stud deal is still be finalised for Trapeze Artist after Aquis Farm recently decided not to proceed with negotiations to stand the son of Snitzel.
Ryan will bring Trapeze Artist back to his Rosehill stables on Wednesday to begin his build up to a return to racing in February.
Ryan has already marked down the G1 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 2 as the autumn starter for Trapeze Artist.
"From Wednesday until his first-up run is 80 days,” Ryan said.
Ryan had planned to set Trapeze Artist for next month’s Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin to boost his appeal as an international stud prospect but abandoned that program when there was no early resolution to an easing of current quarantine rules.
His autumn program will focus on repeating the G1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick before a decision is made on whether he finishes his career at Royal Ascot in the UK next June.
Ryan also has talented sprinter Deploy working towards his return to racing next month.
Deploy, a three-time Group winner, last raced in February after bone bruising and the removal of bone chips from a joint required a long recuperation.
Deploy had a jump out at Rosehill last week and is set to trial over 900m at Rosehill on Friday before resuming in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on December 1.
Rosehill's Gerald Ryan, picture Sportpix.com.au