By Ray Hickson
There's one punter out there who isn't concerned about what opposition boom colt Trapeze Artist will face in the $13 million The Everest later this year.
With four months remaining, and two thirds of the field yet to be locked in, the triple Group 1 winner has been the subject of a $30,000 wager with TAB for Australia's richest race on turf at Royal Randwick on October 13.
Despite the bet being TAB's biggest so far on The Everest it wasn't enough for Trapeze Artist to wrest outright favouritism from defending champion Redzel with both horses still locked together at $5.
“Trapeze Artist went to the next level during the Sydney autumn carnival and it is no surprise to see him attracting interest for The Everest,” TAB’s Andrew Georgiou said.
Trapeze Artist wins the All Aged Stakes at Randwick on April 21
“His win in the TJ Smith when mowing down Redzel was something special and he then backed it up a fortnight later to take out the All Aged Stakes.
“His three Group 1s have all been in Sydney and two of those are at Randwick so he likes the track, loves the distance and is a speed machine.
“Locking in that price for him now looks like good business should everything go according to plan with his preparation between now and then.”
Trapeze Artist was the first horse secured by a slot holder for the second running of The Everest - Aquis Farm moved in quickly following the colt's All Aged Stakes win in April.
TAB then announced Newcastle mare In Her Time, winner of the Sydney Stakes on Everest Day last year and a subsequent Group 1 Galaxy winner, would run in its slot while Redzel will race in the slot owned by Yulong Investments.
Earlier this week, Chris Waller announced he's teaming up with champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir to run Brave Smash, third in last year's Everest, in the slot under the Chris Waller Racing name.
That leaves eight of the 12 places yet to be confirmed but a number of slot holders are circling with results of Saturday's Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane and the major sprints at the Royal Ascot carnival likely to shed plenty of light on other potential runners.