The exceptional $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes (G1) victory of Vieira Racing’s Trapeze Artist has earned the outstanding 3-year-old the recognition of being the highest rated sprinter on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorses Rankings (1 Jan 2018-8 Apr 2018).
An assessment made under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials and handicappers representing the five continents, the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorses Rankings comprises the elite-of-the-elite and sees the name of Trapeze Artist alongside winners of this planet’s premier events so far contested in 2018.
Trapeze Artist and Tye Angland winning the 2018 Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, picture Stevehart.com.au
Trapeze Artist’s exhilarating victory on Day 1 of The Championship earned the Snitzel colt a rating figure of 123, two points superior to Redkirk Warrior (121) — winner of both the VRC Lightning Stakes (G1) and Newmarket Handicap (G1) during the same period. Next highest rated sprinter on 119 is Hong Kong-based DB Pin, winner of The Centenary Sprint Cup (G1) at Sha Tin in January.
Trapeze Artist was placed into some rare company with his 123 assessment. Also rated on the same figure are the likes of US$10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Thunder Snow and our very own $3 million Doncaster Mile (G1) winner Happy Clapper. Rated inferior are rising international stars Time Warp (120), Beauty Generation (119), Kementari (119), Werther (119) etc.
On the more local front, only the great Chautauqua realised the same 123 rating figure received by Trapeze Artist during the whole of 2017 and thus far into 2018.
Trapeze Artist is raced by Vieira Racing, Mr B Vieira, Mrs S G Vieira, Mr T Vieira, Mrs C Vieira-Choy and Mr J A Choy. He was born and raised at Bowness Stud before being offered for sale by the Young, NSW, based outfit as an Easter yearling, but was passed in with a reserve of $300,000. His 13 starts to date now feature five wins — two at Group 1 level — and two thirds for earnings of $2,753,850.