Terravista looks right on track to defend his Darley Crown title at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival after a nice first-up Sydney win in the Premiere Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.
The Joe Pride-trained Captain Rio six-year-old went out as the short-priced favourite first-up in the $300,000 Group 2 G1X.Com.Au Premiere Stakes (1200m) with an impressive resuming record of four wins from five previous attempts.
He added to that with a half-length Premiere Stakes victory, his fifth from seven runs at Royal Randwick where he was last seen running a below-par 12th to Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) during the autumn.
After three trials including back-to-back winning Warwick Farm hit-outs and thanks to a patient ride from his regular jockey Hugh Bowman, Terravista was back in the winner’s stall and on his way to Melbourne to chase more Group 1 glory this season.
“I’ve got a lovely book of rides today…but I thought this guy was the peak of my rides and he hasn’t disappointed,” Bowman said post-win.
“All would suggest he’s on track to defend his Darley (Classic) crown.
“He’s a straightforward horse, easy to ride and a very relaxed animal.
“He really does have an engine and it’s just a privilege to ride a horse like him.”
A winner of over $1.5 million in prize money, Terravista was brilliant away from the outside alley in the Premiere Stakes and Bowman opted to take him back off the solid tempo set by the stablemate Tiger Tees.
There was a genuine pace early with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained track record holder That’s A Good Idea eventually rolling forward to take up the running from his Group 1 BTC Cup winning stablemate Hot Snitzel while Tiger Tees tracked third and last start The Shorts winner Rebel Dane settled in fourth.
Heading towards the turn Terravista and Bowman were still well back while Pride’s Dubawi eight-year-old Tiger Tees moved up into second and jockey Brenton Avdulla moved the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane off the fence.
Terravista looked strung up at the top of the straight, but Bowman didn’t panic and instead of going out wide he waited for a gap between runners up the middle to open up, which it did, to take his class mount up to lead before running clear.
A fast-finishing Rebel Dane ($6.50) gave chase and came within a half-length, but Terravista ($1.95) was too good despite tiring late, while That’s A Good Idea ($13) snared third.
Roman Consul winner Exosphere ran faster time in the race before, but it was still a stellar effort from super sprinter Terravista and Bowman who got the split and the winner’s cheque.
Terravista will now head to Melbourne where his next-up run will be in the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 23, the eve before Cox Plate Day, where Pride could also run Tiger Tees if the track is soft.
“He’s pretty soft. He’s got a heap of improvement in him,” Pride said.
“The acceleration was there today and that’s all I wanted to see.
“I thought Tiger was also fantastic. It was a good result.
“Manikato (next) and hopefully he’ll join his brother Ball Of Muscle and maybe Tiger Tees if we can get a soft track.”
From there it will be onto Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, November 7, for a title defence in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), Terravista having won the race last spring on the back of a Manikato Stakes fifth in a blanket finish beaten under half a length by the winner Lankan Rupee.
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2015 Premiere Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Randwick Race 5 – 03/10/2015
|1||1||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||–||8||58.5kg||$1.95F|
|2||2||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||0.3L||1||58.5kg||$6.50|
|3||8||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Glyn Schofield||1.1L||7||58.5kg||$13|
|4||4||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1.4L||2||58.5kg||$19|
|5||3||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry||1.7L||6||58.5kg||$41|
|6||6||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1.9L||4||58.5kg||$7|
|7||7||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||2.3L||3||58.5kg||$26|
|8||5||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||2.9L||5||58.5kg||$11|
|–||9||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||–||0||–||–|