PRIDE’S PRECISE GAME PLAN FOR TERR A’S SPRING
JOE Pride is giving Terravista just two assignments this spring but he could still walk away with a pair of majors.
The eight-year-old’s first challenge is tonight’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley, but he won’t have a typical campaign.
Pride knows Terravista’s at his best first-up and a run tonight followed by a six-week freshen up into the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Fleming ton will allow him to produce his best.
He hasn’t missed a placing in his nine first-up runs, but more impor tantly he’s won six of them.
The last time he had three trials leading up to a first-up run was in the autumn of 2015 where he came out and won the Group 2 Premiere Stakes at Randwick.
His most recent trial War wick Farm over 810m was won with ease in 48.80 seconds.
“He’s a lazy, big casual horse that doesn’t really show up at the trials but Corey (Brown) said that’s most interested he’s ever seen him in trial so that’s got to be a good sign,” Pride said.
“Three trials sounds like a bit of overkill for a 1000m race but because he’s so laid back I like to give him those trials. None of them have been ver y hard.
“It’s maybe not a typical combination but he’s just always been a good horse fresh and I’m hoping to add to that.”
Tonight’s Moir Stakes field is a hot one as expected with Golden Slipper winner and The Everest hopeful She Will Reign lining up and the likes of Russian Revolution will do his Everest hopes no harm with a win.
Add Voodoo Lad, Malaguerra and Sheidel to the equation and it sets up for a top-line Group 1 contest.
Pride is quietly confident of springing an upset.
“I think I’ve got a pretty good hand in the race,” he said.
Af ter tonight’s Moir Stakes Pride will run Terravista in the Darley Classic on November 11, a race he won in 2014.
He’s also got Lightning Stakes win on the board at Fleming ton and Pride is banking on getting the best out of his stable star by basically giving him two first-up runs this spring.
“A six week break to the Darley will give him ever y chance freshen up so we’re basically sticking to his streng ths this preparation,” he said.