Now a dual Group 1 winner, the Gerald Ryan trained colt will look to secure his second successive WFA age victory. The colt always seemed to be in the shadows as evidenced in the Spring when all the talk was around stable-mate Menari for the Golden Rose, yet he was able to come out and demolish the field by 4.3 lengths in securing his maiden G1 success. Resuming for his Autumn assault in the G2 Expressway at 1200m, the Snitzel colt was too good to secure a 1.25 length victory. Second-up in the Hobartville, the run was good when setting the pace and run-down by Kementari. The 1600m of the Randwick Guineas was his next run and finishing 3rd again to Kementari was a superb effort at a distance that is beyond his best. Given a 28 day break between runs and back to the 1200 for the TJ Smith, Trapeze Artist was at his best, settling mid-field and sprinting sharply to not only overhaul Redzel, but put him away in a dominant fashion.
The three-time G1 winner will be looking to go one better than his 2017 All Aged performance when finishing a long neck from the winner Tivaci. Sent for a break following that effort, the gelding was sent for a winter break prior to resuming with a 1.3 length 2nd to Invincible Gem in the G2 Missile Stakes. A solid effort in the Memsie Stakes when second-up and finishing midfield behind Vega Magic was followed by a disappointing effort in the Makybe Diva at Flemington that saw Kris Lees abort the Spring plans for the 5YO. Given a long break, Lees chose The Galaxy at 1100m for the return run and carrying 58kg, the run was better than it appeared. Second-up in the TJ Smith, the gelding settle further back than his normal pattern and was hitting the line strongly in the closing stages. Stepping out to the 1400m for the first time this campaign, his 5 previous attempts at the 7 furlong trip have returned a 2nd place result and his Randwick record is solid at 12: 4-5-0.
Kept fresh after the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington over the 1200m straight six trip, he was next seen in the TJ Smith where he struggled to get into the race with the tempo set from the front by Redzel. Already a G1 winner at 1400m this season, the rise out to that trip again looks to suit the Japanese import. The entire was disappointing on face value when returning in the G2 Australia Stakes, the tempo from the front was a big factor in being unable to make any closing ground at The Valley. Second-up at 1400m in the Orr he was right amongst the action in a busy finish and claimed 3rd behind Hartnell. Settling closer to the speed in the G1 Futurity made all the difference and the 5YO secured his maiden triumph at the elite level. Only grabbed right on the line by an airborne Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket, Brave Smash gets back out to 1400m, a distance where his record reads at 3:1-1-1.
Held over 1400m, the All Aged Stakes is run at weight-for-age conditions, with the distance providing a mix of winners that are good sprinters stepping out to the limit of their distance range and good milers stepping back.
One of 4 races over 1400m with weight-for-age conditions on the Australian G1 calendar, 3 of those are in the Autumn, with the other 2 being the CF Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes, both held at Caulfield. In 2018 the race will offer total stakemoney of $600,000 with the winner to pocket $344,000.
Some of the past winners of this race include All Too Hard, Atlantic Jewel, Sunline who was successful twice, as was Rough Habit and Emancipation. Recently retired jockey Jim Cassidy won this race in 2015 aboard Dissident at what would become the last of his 104 G1 winners.
The All Aged Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Date||Sat 21 April 2018|
|Race Type||Weight For Age|
|2018 All Aged Stakes Odds|
|2013||All Too Hard|
|2008||Racing To Win|