Pride not Anxious to See Terravista Fall to Redzel in Doomben 10,000

Terravista, winner of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes in early 2017 and the Group 1 Darley Classic way back in November of 2014, is set to run at Scone, providing, that is, that his connections do not choose to try their eight-year-old sprinter in a big race at the Brisbane carnival.

Trainer Joe Pride had been preparing Terravista for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, but Pride, who is often seen just ahead of Fall, has nominated Terravista for the Ortensia Stakes at Scone.

Pride told the AAP, “He will be a surprise nomination for the 1100 metre sprint at Scone. It has a top weight of 61 kilos so he can’t get any more than that so it’s an option.I was pretty pleased with his barrier trial on Friday and he seems really well so he will be fit wherever we go.”

The Scone option arose as an escape plan, it would seem, as while Pride was getting ready for the Doomben 10,000, he was not aware that Redzel was going to be in the race. While not possessing the same level of intimidation as Winx, Redzel in a sprint race provides some pause to trainers whose sprinters have to go against The Everest winner.

“I was surprised to see Redzel going there,” Pride said.”I thought he would be in the paddock for a spell before getting ready for the Everest again.Terravista is obviously winding down as an eight-year-old and I thought the Doomben 10,000 would be a lot easier than it looks like being.”

Redzel beat Terravista in last year’s Darley Classic.

Terravista has won 11 races and over $2.6 million in prizemoney from his 31 jumps. Other than the second he posted to Redzel in the Darley Classic, Terravista’s recent results might seem to indicate that Pride had better swallow himself and join the meeting at Scone, but either way, Terravista deserves nothing but the best as he winds down.

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