Canberra Racing Club boss Peter Stubbs says Black Opal Stakes winner Trapeze Artist starting favourite in the $13 million Everest proves the status of the ACT's marquee race day.
Trapeze Artist announced himself by storming down the straight at the 2017 Black Opal Stakes to win the group 3 by three lengths as a $31 roughie.
The four-year-old has been anything but rough since his race in the capital and peeled off three group 1 wins, including his past two starts.
The Gerald Ryan-trained stallion is unlikely to race past next autumn and is the joint $4.80 favourite alongside Redzel for the world's richest race on turf at Royal Randwick on October 13.
Stubbs said Trapeze Artist's form proves the quality of the Black Opal Stakes as the premier race in southern New South Wales.
"It certainly adds to the status of the Black Opal because he's a top-class horse, there's no doubt about it," Stubbs said.
"If he can win the Everest it will just add further prestige to the Black Opal. Gerald Ryan said after the Opal that they came here hoping and since then he's gone from strength to strength."
Canberra horse Almost Court is looking to follow in the footsteps of Caulfield up runner-up Single Gaze and run in the $5 million race on October 20.
"He’s obviously a genuine stayer and sets a good pace in front, sets his own tempo and it would be great if he can get up to the level of the Caulfield Cup and fly the flag for Canberra," Stubbs said.
Norm Gardner's four-year-old mare Caccini lived up to her favourites billing and won the $50,000 Federal at Canberra on Friday.
There were seven winning trainers across the day, while jockey Matthew Cahill won the opening two races and $16 winner Greyfell was the pick of the day after saluting in race five.