Group 1 winning sprint star Terravista has unsurprisingly opened the short-priced favourite in the Premiere Stakes 2015 odds to win in Sydney this weekend on Epsom Handicap Day.
Joe Pride’s Captain Rio six-year-old is one of only eight remaining hopes in the $300,000 Group 2 G1X.Com.Au Premiere Stakes (1200m), running as Royal Randwick Race 5 at 2:45pm (AEST) on Saturday, following the early scratching of the Peter Moody-trained Bring Me The Maid.
With only seven rivals to defeat, Terravista jumps from the outside alley in the small field and pays $2.20 (in from $2.50) as the firming favourite in Premiere Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
He is first-up this weekend and has an impressive first-up record of four wins and a third from five previous resuming runs.
The gelding’s record at the Randwick track is also top notch (6-4-0-1), his only unplaced run being the last start 12th (of 13 runners) in April’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
Before that the Darley Classic winner from last spring was twice placed third in Group 1 company over 1200m during the autumn, and his two impressive winning Warwick Farm trials in September show he’s ready to return to his top form.
Following Terravista, who is Melbourne bound to target the Manikato Stakes – Darley Classic double after Saturday, in the Premiere Stakes odds are two other single figure hopes with Rebel Dane ($4.40) and Generalife ($5.50).
Jumping from barrier one with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, the Gary Portelli-trained California Dane stallion Rebel Dane shoots for back-to-back wins at the track following a first-up victory on September 19 in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).
Two weeks between runs looks ideal for the six-year-old who will appreciate the sting out of the track on Saturday boasting a 50% strike rate on Soft going.
Generalife represents Godolphin and their head trainer John O’Shea, the Lonhro five-year-old returning to racing after a solid Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign earlier in the year.
During the winter at Doomben he ran third in both the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke Handicap over 1350m and makes his Randwick debut first-up this weekend on the back of a trial win at the track over 1045m from September 17.
Outside of the hopes paying under $10 to become this year’s Premiere Stakes winner are two $10 chances with claims for the upset with Hot Snitzel and That’s A Good Idea both trained by Peter & Paul Snowden.
Blake Shinn retains the ride on seven-year-old Snitzel gelding Hot Snitzel, winner of the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in early May, whose return was a nice fourth when beaten only a length by Rebel Dane in The Shorts.
Stablemate That’s A Good Idea is first-up on Saturday with Glyn Schofield riding the Flying Spur six-year-old whose latest run was a second in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) behind the always honest Ball Of Muscle from late May.
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