Joe Pride has one of his stable stars Terravista out for a short spell enjoying a break before the Group 1 winner targets more elite level success in the autumn starting with the Lighting Stakes 2015.
A six-year-old son of Captain Rio, flying gelding Terravista boasts an impressive record of 10 wins from 19 starts for over $1.77 million in prize money and is best known for his Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) win at Flemington last year.
He was last seen defending his title in the same Melbourne Cup Carnival classic down the straight when beaten only a neck when third in a blanket finish behind Delectation.
Pride sent the champion out for a rest after the Darley Classic on November 7 and is eyeing an early Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival major first-up for the horse in the $500,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) back at Flemington in mid-February.
Terravista has had just the tree runs at the track with a third in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) this March gone sandwiched between his two eye-catching Darley Classic efforts.
Pride is yet to saddle-up a starter in the weight-for-age Lightning Stakes while Terravista has had just the one run over 1000m for a 2013 Kensington win early in his career.
“He’s not too far away from returning and his autumn program is likely to be the Lightning and the Newmarket in Melbourne, the TJ Smith and All Aged Stakes in Sydney and then perhaps Brisbane,” Pride told AAP this week.
The $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) runs at Royal Randwick on Australian Derby Day during Sydney’s The Championships in April.
From 13 previous TJ Smith Stakes starters Pride has celebrated one win, one second and a third with the victory coming in 2006 with Red Oog.
Held a fortnight later at the same track, the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) takes place at the same meeting as the Champagne Stakes over a mile and Pride has had seven runners for two seconds and a third.
Possible Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival assignments for Terravista following the autumn features include the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) both run at Doomben Racecourse in May.
Pride hasn’t won a BTC Cup but his aforementioned TJ Smith Stakes champion from 2006, Red Oog, also won the 2005 Doomben 10,000 for his Sydney trainer.
As for Terravista, he is yet to have a run in Queensland with all of his career runs to date being in either Sydney or Melbourne.
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