The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

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.

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