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Stakes Double For Snitzel at Canberra
Not content with a stakes double at Randwick on Saturday, Snitzel did it all over again at Canberra yesterday, ending the weekend with four new stakes winners and a $600,000 lead on the General Sires' premiership. 2YO colt Trapeze Artist's three-length victory in the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) has firmed up plans for a tilt at the $1 million Gr1 ATC Inglis Sires' (1400m) at Randwick on 1 April. Trapeze Artist is the first winner out of Treppes (by Domesday), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Crawl, and he was offered at last year's Inglis Easter Sale. When he didn't reach his reserve, he was put into training by his breeders Bert Vieira and family, and has now won two of his 3 starts and almost $200,000. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott notched up their 7th stakes winner by Snitzel when 4YO gelding Dark Eyes scored by a head in the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m). Snitzel's stakes double-double over the weekend was backed up by another eight stakes performers in four countries: Invader & Redzel (Randwick), Snitzson (Flemington), Muraaqeb (Canberra), Spoils (Morphettville), Royal Fashion (Ellerslie, NZ), Heavenly Blue (Turffontein, South Africa) and Wimbledon (Kranji, Singapore). With 21 winners of 24 Group & Listed Races on the board, this is already a record season for Snitzel whose career statistics now feature 56 stakes winners, 11 same-day stakes doubles and a very healthy 8 per cent Stakes winners/Runners.