A fresh and fit Terravista, a half-brother to Hallmark Stud's Super Easy, should take beating in Saturday’s Black Caviar Lightning according to trainer Joe Pride.
The Warwick Farm conditioner is delighted with the progress of his stable star and expects him to produce a performance somewhere near his best in the weight-for-age sprint down the Flemington straight.
Terravista hasn’t raced since running a close third in the Darley Classic in the spring and having won that race the previous year the straight course shapes as a happy hunting ground.
“He’s a super horse fresh - he improves with racing but he’s only beaten one time first up,” Pride told Andrew Bensley on Sky Sports Radio.
“I think 1000m will be ideal for him fresh and with that one trial under his belt we’ve left good speed in his legs.”
Pride said Terravista was not at his best last autumn but put that down to feet problems and with no such issues this campaign he is expecting the gelding to return to his best.
“He’s a very good straight track horse - he goes into the race with improvement in him and I think he will peak on TJ Smith day but I expect him to run very well on Saturday.”
Damien Oliver rides Terravista for the first time on Saturday having never before sat on the horse’s back but Pride doesn’t see this as an issue.
“He’s a pretty straight forward horse and I think we will only have a small field.”
Pride has also nominated Ball Of Muscle for the Lightning but he is unlikely to run, the trainer instead leaning to giving him another barrier trial before resuming him in the Challenge Stakes on the way to The Galaxy.
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