Best On Breeding
Mark Smith - Thursday, 16 March 2017

Aggrieved when stewards failed take down the winner Baguette in favour of Royal Show in the 1970 Golden Slipper, legendary trainer TJ Smith was in an altogether better frame of mind 12 months later when Baguette’s jockey George Moore guided the filly Fairy Walk to victory.

It was the first of six Golden Slipper wins for Smith, a feat only equalled by his daughter Gai Waterhouse.

A daughter of Minor Portion, Fairy Walk came into the race as a maiden having placed in all of her first four starts.

They included a second to the giant filly My Amazon in the Gimcrack Stakes, third behind Tolerance and What’s The Verdict in the Blue Diamond and second behind Tolerance again the VBRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Following her Slipper triumph, Fairy Walk finished second to Latin Knight in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and rounded out her juvenile year with a fifth in the AJC Champagne Stakes won by Andros.

Fairy Walk kicked off her classic season impressively enough by beating Egyptian in the Hobartville Stakes. It proved to be her final win.

Two starts later she was retired to stud.

Destined to have just five foals, Fairy Walk started in the best possible fashion.

Her first foal was the Le Cordonnier (GB) colt Cheyne Walk who was also trained by TJ Smith.

Cheyne Walk wasn’t spared at three, starting 16 times in the best company.

He won his first two races at Randwick before finding Rosie Heir and Crimson Cloud too good in the Canterbury Guineas then was unplaced in the Rosehill Guineas won by the New Zealander Battle Sign when both those races were run in the spring.

The following autumn, Cheyne Walk defeated Rosie Heir and Ngawyni in the Phar Lap Stakes before running into an out and out champion in the New Zealander Balmerino in the Tulloch Stakes.

It came as a great shock then when Cheyne Walk defeated Lord Dudley and Denise’s Joy in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick with Balmerino unplaced.

Cheyne Walk would later win the Queensland Derby and Doomben Cup, retiring with a record of 9 wins, 3 second and 5 thirds with earnings of 163,985.

A great-great-granddaughter of Phar Lap's sister Raphis, Fairy Walk had two more stakes winners.

Jubilee Walk (King Of Babylon) won the Flight Stakes and Sharp Walk (Sharp Edge) won the Ottawa Stakes and is the dam of the NZ stakes winner Classic Walk.

After foaling a full-sister to Cheyne Walk, the unraced Elegant Walk, Fairy Walk spent nine unproductive years at stud before she was pensioned in 1990.

Like her dam, Elegant Walk was a shy breeder but she was to leave a wonderful legacy.


She is the dam of the Group I Goodwood Handicap and Group II Linlithgow Stakes winner Boardwalk Angel (Bletchingly), the dam of Coogee Walk (Success Express) who was the champion sprinter-miler in NZ in 1997-98 with 7 wins included the Group I AuRC Railway Hcp and Listed winner The Big Ask.

Elegant Walk is also the dam of the unraced Rebellious Angel who is the granddam of Group I Levin Classic winner Distill (Volksraad).

Elegant Walk foaled a full sister to Boardwalk Angel named Traipse who was not in the same class on the racetrack as her sister but she proved a wonderful servant for Woodlands Stud and later Darley Stud.

She is the dam of Group I Stradbroke Handicap winner Crawl (Dr Grace) who placed in another eight Group I races.

Crawl’s brother Old Man was a multiple stakes winner while Traipse’s non-winning daughter Step is the dam of Marching (Commands) who won the Group II AAMI Vase and was placed in the Australian Guineas, Victoria Derby and Caulfield Guineas.

The 12th and final foal of Traipse is the Domesday mare Treppes who started six times with her best result coming when second at her final start on a soft track at Newcastle.

After having a filly by Stratum, Treppes foaled a filly by So You Think that died after birth.

After being covered by Snitzel, Treppes was consigned by Edinburgh Park to the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale where she was brought by Bert Vieira for $190,000.

She subsequently foaled a colt, which was passed in when failing to make his $300,000 reserve at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling sale.

Named Trapeze Artist (pictured as a yearling)  and sent to Gerald Ryan, the son of Snitzel won first time out on the Beaumont track at Newcastle before finishing fourth at Randwick behind Invader.

Off the scene for a month, Trapeze Artist surprised everyone when he blew away a quality field of juveniles in the $300,000 Group III Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on March 5.

We don’t think that was a fluke and Bert Vieira stumped up the $150,000 to let Trapeze Artist take his place in Saturday’s $3,500,000 Group I Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

He is one of six of 19 entries, including the three emergencies, sired by Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel.

So the juvenile stallion frontrunner has a numeric advantage in advancing his juvenile earnings to almost $5 million, which would put him in a challenging position to challenge his sire Redoute’s Choice's record earnings of $5,943,983 in 2004-05.

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