Another Stakes Winner for Unstoppable Snitzel in Black Opal Stakes
Mark Smith - Sunday, 5 March 2017

Shortly after claiming the $200,000 Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) with Dark Eyes, the unstoppable Snitzel added the $300,000 Group III Mercedes Benz Black Opal Stakes but it was not with the race favourite Chauffeur.

It was Chauffeur's $31 stablemate Trapeze Artist who was in a race of his own in the closing stages to win by three lengths over Trekking (Street Cry) with Muraaqeb (Snitzel) a half-length back in third.

"He's always had the talent. I put blinkers on him between his two trials and it improved him out of sight," winning trainer Gerald Ryan said.


"I didn't want to put blinkers on him first up over 1250 (metres).

"I told (owner) Bert (Vierra) during the week that with blinkers on he would be really, really hard to beat but I was not sure he was up to the class how this race ended up today.

"At home through the week he has been going terrific. I always thought that he was a good horse and he proved that today.

"We haven't left him in the Slipper, his aim has always been the (ATC) Sires and Champagne.  

"We will see where we go from here but I don't know whether Bert will be paying the $155,000 (late entry fee for the Golden Slipper) because there are a couple of fillies there that will be hard to beat but he has a nice horse on his hands.

"When you see him walking around the mounting yard he's going to end up a really nice three-year-old."

Passed in when failing to make his $300,000 reserve at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling sale, Trapeze Artist (pictured as a yearling) races for his breeder Bert Vieira.

Viera had purchased the colt's dam Treppes (Domesday) for $190,000 out of the Edinburgh  Park draft at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale.

She was carrying the Black Opal Stakes winner at the time of her sale.


A half-sister to Group I Stradbroke Handicap winner Crawl and the multiple Listed winner Old Man, Treppes missed the following two seasons after Trapeze Artist before foaling a Zoustar colt last October.

She was bred back to Wandjina.

With two new stakes winners on Saturday and two more on Sunday, Snitzel (pictured)  takes his tally of stakes winners to 56 while consolidating his spot on the top of the General Sires and Two-Year-Old sires Tables. 

Race 7 - Mercedes Benz Black Opal
Group 3 - 1200m

Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:10.77. Sectional Time: 0:34.25 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $300,000 - 1st: $165,000 2nd: $57,000 3rd: $27,000.
 1   Trapeze Artist T: G A Ryan J: Tim Clark
$31
56.0
2c   Snitzel x Treppes (Domesday )
 Lot 115 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor - Vieira Group Pty Ltd, Sydney
Buyer - Passed $ 250,000 / Reserve $ 300,000   
 2 3.0 Trekking T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla
$5
57.0

2c   Street Cry (IRE) x Outdoor (Redoute's Choice )
Not Offered
 3 3.5 Muraaqeb T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: M Zahra
$3.75
56.0
2c   Snitzel x Tafseel (Starcraft (NZ) )
Not Offered
 4 3.8 Marsupial T: J A O'Shea J: K McEvoy
$13
56.0
2c   Street Cry (IRE) x Koala Bear (Exceed And Excel )
 5 4.2 Chauffeur T: G A Ryan J: Craig Williams
$2.88
57.0
2c   Snitzel x Mirror Mirror (Dehere (USA) )
 6 4.9 Cuba T: John Thompson J: J Parr
$31
56.0
2c   All Too Hard x Tabasco Kitten (Redoute's Choice )
 7 5.3 Khan T: P and P Snowden J: B Shinn
$8.50
57.0
2c   Exceed And Excel x Mandawara (FR) (Daylami (IRE) )
 8 7.4 Reflectivity T: M, W and J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry
$17
56.0
2c   All Too Hard x Climatic (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) )
 9 7.9 Excelsior T: Brooke Somers J: C W Brown
$101
56.0
2c   Poet's Voice (GB) x Dream Machine (Nothin' Leica Dane )
 10 9.7 Mossman Gorge T: Matthew Dale J: Brodie Loy
$21
56.0
2c   Mossman x Lesmartre (Jugah (USA) )
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