Pakenham trainer Phillip Stokes has revealed a Caulfield start next month is among the options being considered for Terbium after his stunning return at Gawler.
The other plan for Terbium’s next outing is an Adelaide stakes race, but another trip to Melbourne this preparation is still likely after the potential the gelding showed as a three-year-old was back on show last Saturday.
And Kayla Crowther is hoping to retain the ride after South Australian jockeys were cleared to ride in Victoria again.
“It was the Terbium of old,” Stokes said. “He had a good spell and it looks like he has come back in good order.”
Terbium won the Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield last year. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Terbium won his first four races, capped by a superb victory in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield in February last year.
However, he failed to win at his next 10 starts and was spelled after finishing third in a two metropolitan wins event at Murray Bridge in June.
“He went from a maiden win at Strathalbyn to winning a Group 3 in his first preparation and up to a 100-something rating,” Stokes said. “He went from age three to four and got lost.
“His trial last month gave us confidence and hopefully now he has got that win on board he can find his way.”
The trial was a highly impressive seven-length win when only cruising at Morphettville on November 30.
In interviews on assistant trainer Tommy Stokes’ phone after track gallops for the benefit of the owners, talented Crowther told them she thought he was back.
Trainer Phillip Stokes was pleased with Terbium’s trial last month. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Even she was surprised by the ease of the five-length win though. Crowther said he definitely felt different to her previous race ride on him in May.
“I did not like the draw at Gawler, but it worked out nice for us,” she said. “I did expect him to win, but not like that.
“I’ve done a fair bit of trackwork on him and have been really happy with his attitude. He has come back bigger, heavier, and his brain seems in the right place.
“The blinkers were put on for the last run in his last prep and it was a better run. But we did not get a super gauge whether they worked or not.
“Fresh with the blinkers on, I thought we saw the best of him again.”
Originally published asWelcome signs: Terbium’s potential back on show
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