Another Promising Winner for Trapeze Artist

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Short-priced favourite Colleano rallied to break his maiden at start two on the Pakenham Synthetic on Wednesday answering every call of Ben Melham, to defeat Shamus Award filly Quickster by a half-neck.

Colleano’s manners have improved dramatically from his debut when an erratic third at Geelong in August.


“He landed in a good spot and had the run of the race and was holding the second horse on the line,” said co-trainer Michael Kent said Jr.

“I’m delighted for the horse and connections. He is half-owned by new client Mitch Lowe’s Viva Racing, who are buying some nice horses and existing clients.

“I think he would enjoy a touch further; we were looking forward to 1300m today, had it been at Cranbourne.

“He has a beautiful nature: he’s a gelding and has had a tie-back, which seems successful. He is not making a noise.

“He has decent form, and Moody (Peter) told me before the race he really likes his horse (Quickster). So, the form might be OK.”

A half-brother to the dual Listed winner Palazzo Pubblico, Colleano was a $150,000 purchase for Mick Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd/Viva Racing from the Westbury Stud draft at the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He is the sixth winner from eight to race for the unraced General Nediym mare Piazza Del Campo, a daughter of the star Tasmanian mare My Sienna, whose six wins included the Group II VRC Edward Manifold Stakes and Group II Wakeful Stakes, and was runner-up in the Group 1 VRC Oaks.

Trapeze Artist has made an encouraging start to the new season and sits atop the second-season sires on earnings.