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Joe Pride’s smart Show County Quality winner Terravista is back at Royal Randwick this Saturday chasing back-to-back wins for the season in The Shorts 2014.
The Captain Rio five-year-old is one of 20 nominations taken by Racing NSW this week for the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) running as one of the notable support races on George Main Stakes Day in Sydney.
Lightly raced for his age Terravista has won seven of his 10 starts to date including a nice two length victory when running away for an easy first-up win in the Group 3 Show County Quality Handicap (1200m) in the wet on August 23.
He performed strongly in an 807m trial at Warwick Farm with Hugh Bowman in the saddle last Friday then to tune-up for Saturday’s race finishing second to Dettori, an effort that impressed Pride.
“I have never seen a horse trial better than Terravista,” Pride said of the half-brother to stable mate Tiger Tees.
“I got goose bumps.”
All going to plan Pride will back Terravista up in the $200,000 Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200m) on October 4 with an eye on the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), previously known as the VRC Sprint, at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 8.
“If he gets beaten in the Shorts then we will aim him at the (Group 2) Salinger (Stakes over 1200m at Flemington) on (Victory) Derby Day but he won’t run in both the Salinger and the (VRC) Sprint,” Pride added.
“They are only a week apart and he is not a back-up horse.”
Pride has also nominated for Nadeem gelding Target In Sight and his former star sprinter Rain Affair.
A multiple Group winning son of Commands, Rain Affair kicked off his seven-year-old campaign at Randwick on September 6 and looked much improved on his poor autumn form when third in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
Concorde Stakes winner Wouldnt It Be Nice also backs up this weekend, Paul Perry’s Newcastle-trained Choisir four-year-old after two on the trot at the track.
Also coming via the Concorde is runner-up Nuclear Class, Tas Morton’s Snitzel mare having just her third black-type start here if accepted.
Along with Terravista and Wouldnt It Be Nice there are two other last start winners nominated for The Shorts this year with the Desleigh Forster-trained Adebisi who won over 1110m at Doomben at the start of the month and five-year-old mare I’ve Got The Looks for Peter & Paul Snowden.
Godolphin’s private trainer John O’Shea meanwhile plans to saddle-up his two The Shorts nominees on Saturday with Sessions and Safeguard returning to racing.
Lonhro stallion Sessions hasn’t raced since a 13th to Smokin’ Joey in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back in May but won a Warwick Farm trial last Friday, while Exeed And Excel four-year-old Safeguard’s latest run was a sixth in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) during the winter.
“Hopefully he brings his trial form to the races,” O’Shea said of Sessions speaking to The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s been out on the farm (Agnes Banks training complex) which I think he really likes and he’s ticking over nicely for Saturday.”
Other notable The Shorts nominees include Group 1 BTC Cup winner Famous Seamus, Anthony Cummings’ Group 1 The Galaxy third placed mare Villa Verde and the consistent Chris Waller-trained middle distance sprinter Masthead.
See below for the full The Shorts 2014 nominations and weights with the capacity 14-starter final field due for release on Wednesday.
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2014 The Shorts Nominations
Royal Randwick – 20/09/2014
|1||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||1||58kg||109|
|4||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||3=||56kg||105|
|5||VILLA VERDE||Anthony Cummings||3=||55kg||105|
|10||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||10=||56kg||95|
|11||ANGELS BEACH||Peter G Moody||10=||53kg||95|
|14||TARGET IN SIGHT||Joseph Pride||14=||55kg||90|
|15||I’VE GOT THE LOOKS||Peter & Paul Snowden||14=||53kg||90|
|16||NUCLEAR CLASS||Tas Morton||14=||53kg||90|
|17||I’M ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||17||56kg||88|
|19||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Diane Poidevin-Laine||19||55kg||84|
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