Last season’s Gr 1 Darley Classic winner Terravista (pictured) looks set for another lucrative spring campaign.
The half-brother to Super Easy resumed at Randwick on Saturday with a tidy first-up win in the Gr 2 Premier Stakes.
His victory came hard on the heels of Terravista’s sibling and stablemate Ball Of Muscle’s bold Group One showing.
The five-year-old was a close second in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night in his first run at the highest level. Ball Of Muscle claimed the Gr 2 QTC Cup during his last campaign and is now the winner of eight of his 16 starts.
Meanwhile, Terravista returned in a blaze of glory yesterday after three trial outings to fit him for his comeback. Trainer Joe Pride gave Terravista three trials to ready him for his return yesterday and he did the job in style.
“The trademark acceleration was there,” Pride said. “He’s got an amazing turn of foot this horse. That’s his big ace. He’s a bit soft still. I’ve been running him along and taking a bit easy on him so he got a bit tired late. He’s carrying a fair bit of pudding, but there is good improvement in him and looking forward to a big spring.”
Pride said the Gr 1 Manikato Stakes and the Gr 1 Darley Classic are on Terravista’s radar.
He is also considering the Gr 1 Hong Kong International Sprint at Sha Tin in December.
Terravista was settled toward the back of the field by Hugh Bowman and they charged between runners in the straight.
“His manner and temperament was back to the horse we know,” Bowman said. "He’s as competitive as I’ve ever ridden him.”
It was the star sprinter’s fourth win on the course and the 10th of his 17-start career.