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Pride Unhappy With Terravista Weight
Meanwhile, Joe Pride, trainer of Terravista, has expressed his disappointment at the handicapping for Saturday week's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, stating that he believes Lankan Rupee has been treated well, reports horseracing.com.au. Lankan Rupee, who shares top billing as the world's best sprinter with Terravista, carried 56.5kg to victory in last year's edition of the Newmarket before going on to land a further three Gr1s in the TJ Smith, Manikato and Lightning Stakes, yet will carry just two kilograms more this year. Pride said he was surprised that the Mick Price-trained gelding did not receive a penalty for his dominant Lightning Stakes win two weeks ago. "It is amazing, four Group 1s are only worth two kilos," Pride told Sky's Racing HQ. "I am not a handicapper, but everybody in Australia seemed to be pretty impressed by it (his Lightning Stakes win) except for the handicapper. I'm not sure that is going to be the difference, but it just doesn't leave much room with my horse going forward." He added, "If I won this race and I win another three Group 1s after that, I don't think I will be getting to the race next year with 58 and a half. It just make it hard to place in handicaps once they win a weight-for-age race and that is what my bloke has done. Hopefully the handicappers are as generous next year." Despite his frustration with Terravista's allotted Newmarket weight, Pride is delighted with his charge who will be having his first start since winning the Gr1 Darley Classic in the spring. "He is in great order and I am really pleased with him," Pride said. "He has improved every preparation that he has had in his life so far and there is no reason to think that he won't go forward again." He added, "It has been a slow steady build-up to this. I know how good this horse is fresh and it has been a very intentional plan to go into this race first-up." Watch Terravista's Darley Classic victory below.