Terravista to tackle the $10million The Everest
20 Feb 2017Trainer Joe Pride said he simply can't ignore the world's richest turf race The Everest with his now two-time Group 1 winner Terravista.
Saturday's Black Caviar Lightning winner surprised a few in claiming just his second win at Flemington. Both these wins, though, have been upsets at the top level - he stunned Chautauqua in the 2014 Darley Classic - and he has now upstaged the rising star sprinters to win the $750,000 feature over 1000m as a seven-year-old.
That said, Terravista hasn't missed a place in six straight runs now, and Pride certainly feels that is where he is most effective.
However, with international invites in the mailbox, Pride said he simply has to target the son of Captain Rio at his inaugural home-town sprint, given there is a $7million winners' cheque on the line.
"The temptation (is) to take him away to Hong Kong or Ascot, he's got invites to both ... but with that race [The Everest] coming up, I feel I have to have the horse ready for that race," Pride told RSN 927.
"I'm sure we can find a backer."
The Everest will be held at Randwick on October 14.
Slots in the race cost investors $600,000 per year on a three-year contract, and buyers can then chase a horse to fill their spot for them - with deals done between owners and slot buyers regarding split of stakes.
One thing is for sure, Pride will give his charge a good break heading into that run.
"If there's one thing we've learned about this horse in the past couple of seasons, it's that he's extremely good first-up and he never lets us down when he goes down that straight," he added.
Pride said it is more than likely Terravista returns for the $1.25million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 11, with the alternative being the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 4, the shorter sprint worth $500,000.
But the Group 1 status, and the straight conditions, will sway Pride to come back.
"He really deserves to win a couple of Group 1s in his career. If I place him properly, I'm sure he can win another one," he said.
Meanwhile, Terravista's hoop Corey Brown said he felt the delay prior to the start of the Lightning might have been of benefit to his charge.
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