Joe Pride’s returning Darley Classic champ in Melbourne last spring, Terravista is one of the headline final acceptors for the 2015 Premiere Stakes in Sydney this Saturday.
A key feature of the Epsom Handicap Day line-up at Royal Randwick on the weekend, this year’s $300,000 Group 2 G1X.Com.Au Premiere Stakes (1200m) runs as Race 5 at 2:45pm (AEST) and features nine sprinters.
Hugh Bowman has the ride on Captain Rio six-year-old Terravista from the outside alley, the galloper racing for the first time since a second last when 12th in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at the track back in April.
With a far better 1200m record (6-4-0-1), Terravista returns to his pet distance first-up and is looking to add to an excellent first-up record of four wins and a third from five previous resuming runs from the $1.48 million earner.
He heads to Melbourne after his first-up Sydney run in the Premiere Stakes with the Group 1 sprints calling including Moonee Valley’s Manikato Stakes as well as a title defence in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Cup Carnival.
Pride is also represented in Saturday’s Premiere Stakes field by fellow Group 1 winner Tiger Tees and Rock Sturdy jumping from barriers seven and four respectively.
Dubawi eight-year-old Tiger Tees hasn’t won since last August when taking out the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and his last start was a dead last when 10th to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) back in April.
Rock Sturdy meanwhile gets a good gate as he shoots for his first 1200m win this weekend, the Fastnet Rock stallion running second-up after a fifth when beaten under two lengths by Rebel Dane in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 19.
Gary Portelli’s The Shorts winner Rebel Dane is also accepted for a Premiere Stakes rematch this weekend, Brenton Avdulla aboard the California Dane six-year-old who gets the gun run from the inside alley as he shoots for back-to-back wins.
Also coming off nice lead-up runs are Famous Seamus and Hot Snitzel who ran fifth in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) behind Saturday’s Epsom Handicap favourite Winx and fourth in The Shorts respectively.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Snitzel seven-year-old Hot Snitzel was beaten just a length by Rebel Dane a fortnight ago and is after his first win since the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in top company in Brisbane during the winter.
Other notable returning runners first-up in the race include the John O’Shea-trained Generalife who ran third in both the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap over 1350m in Brisbane last campaign and who won a 104m trial at Randwick on September 17 ahead of his return, and Team Snowden’s other acceptor That’s A Good Idea whose last start was on May 30 behind Ball Of Muscle in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m).
Check out the full Premiere Stakes 2015 field, barriers and jockeys for the weight-for-age clash below.
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2015 Premiere Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 (2:45pm) – 03/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x1151x330x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||9||58.5kg||112|
|2||x3347x60x1||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||1||58.5kg||110|
|3||37x112x80x||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry||7||58.5kg||109|
|4||136x5979x5||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3||58.5kg||108|
|5||89x70315x4||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||6||58.5kg||107|
|6||3324x1533x||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5||58.5kg||106|
|7||1421x827x5||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||4||58.5kg||102|
|8||278220x12x||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Glyn Schofield||8||58.5kg||102|
|9||8740x2497x||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||2||56.5kg||100|