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Terravista Sets Sights On TJ Smith
Trainer Joseph Pride has revealed the autumn plans of exciting Sydney sprinter Terravista who claimed his maiden Gr1 success with victory in last Saturday's Gr1 Darley Classic at Flemington. "He just got back to the stable this morning [Monday]. We'll keep him here for a few days then he'll go back up to Torryburn for a spell," Pride told RSN. "He'll then come back in the autumn with the two races I'd love to race him in being the Newmarket [Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington] and the TJ [Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick]." He added, "He's an unbelievable horse first-up - he's never been beaten. I wouldn't hesitate to run him first-up in the Newmarket but I need to look at the timing of the race. I may just run him here [Sydney] in the Challenge or something first-up." In an ominous warning to his rivals, Pride is predicting Terravista to be an even better horse next preparation. "He's obviously a high-class horse who is getting better as he gets older. He's only had the 13 starts. I think he'll be a better horse next autumn. He has unlimited improvement in him." However, Pride has all but ruled out a trip to Royal Ascot next year citing Terravista's lack of a prospective stud career as a factor. "Probably not," Pride replied when asked if he was considering taking the 5YO to England. "That's something for the owners to consider but for mine taking a gelding across the world doesn't really make much sense."