Breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level over an impressive 2014 Spring Carnival, trainer Joe Pride has revealed the world’s highest-rated sprinter Terravista is likely to contest his 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival swansong in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 18th.
Finishing outside the places only a handful of times over his 13 start career so far, Terravista returned to the track in typically scintillating form over spring; taking out each of the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) first-up.
Unlucky to finish fifth in a fanning finish in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 24th, the son of Captain Rio settled within the pack during the running of the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8th; displaying an exceptional turn of foot late to take out arguably the carnival’s most talent-filled sprint race.
Thrilled with the form and class displayed by the five-year-old since his return to work this year, Pride told Racing Ahead the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) will figure as Terravista’s first point of call ahead of the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) during The Championships and finally the All Aged Stakes.
“There won’t be anything spectacular happening until he goes off to the trials, but he’s in fantastic order and I couldn’t be happier with him,” Pride said.
“He’s bulked up, when he raced down in Melbourne I think his last start he weighed in the low 540s (kilos) but he’s 560-something now.
He’s four from four first-up and, honestly, he’s never looked like getting beaten first-up. He’s a super horse fresh, he really is.
“I didn’t want to run in him in the Lightning, I just think it’s an extra run he doesn’t need and I think he can win the Newmarket first-up.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch with an impressive four length victory on debut in the autumn of 2013, Terravista performed typically well for Pride over the 2014 autumn; taking out each of the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) before a luckless run for 11th in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) ended his season.
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