Bruce Hill is disappointed he had to abort Teronado’s southern campaign.
Hill elected to bring Teronado back to Brisbane and the gelding will tackle the Mount Alvernia College Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
“He was just too disappointing last time at Randwick. It was no use pressing on against the better horses and we have brought him home to get his confidence,” Hill said.
Teronado had made a solid comeback from a career-threatening injury out of the last year’s George Main Stakes at Randwick.
After a long spell Teronado came back into work and was nursed towards his best by the Gold Coast-based Hill.
Teronado gradually raced himself back into form and was expected to be one of the better hopes for Queensland in the Sydney and Melbourne spring carnivals.
A placegetter in the Group One Rosehill Guineas as a three year old, Teronado showed he was near that form when a fast-finishing sixth in the Group One Epsom Handicap won by eventual Cox Plate victor Winx.
However, at his next start Teronado showed no dash when sixth in a benchmark race at Randwick.
Hill said there were several options if Teronado could get back into winning form.
“There is the autumn in Sydney or Melbourne. Then he is a Magic Millions horse and we might look at the Stayers Cup as the 1800 metres would suit,” Hill said.
“But we will let the horse tell us what he is up to competing in,” Hill said.
Teronado is not a horse for apprentice riders but Hill had no hesitation in booking James Orman for the gelding on Saturday.
“James is riding like a genius. His recent effort on my horse Casaratti was outstanding. He is a senior rider with a two-kilo claim,” Hill said.
“The big thing is he uses his brains. He thinks and that is why I have no problems with getting him for Teronado.”