Testa Rossa mare My My Maree has earned plenty of frequent flyer points crossing the Tasman and she picked up more prizemoney at Pukekohe on Wednesday.
My My Maree won the Avondale Jockey Club Hcp over 1600m for part-owner and trainer Moira Murdoch at her second run back from a seven month spell. She was in Australia this time last year and was unlucky not to win at Flemington when beaten a half-head by Scenica after a slow getaway.
My My Maree (5m Testa Rossa – Jamelden Echo by Prince Echo) started her career in Queensland before making the first of five flights across the Tasman. She won her maiden at Pukekohe in December 2008 but had run 8 placings before saluting there again on Wednesday.
Testa Rossa stood at Yallambee Stud in Victoria before transferring to Vinery in the Hunter Valley and My My Maree arrived in the same crop as brilliant mare Ortensia.
My My Maree is one of six winners for Prince Echo mare Jamelden Echo who has been a terrific producer for Yallambee over the years. The best of her three Testa Rossa foals was G1 South Australian Derby winner Testafiable.
Jamelden Echo was pensioned aged 21 earlier this year and now she’s a nanny for the youngsters at the Romsey nursery.
Yallambee Stud’s Christie Woodard bred Testafiable. She is currently prepping the next crop of yearlings and among them is a God’s Own half-sister to Ortensia.
The first yearlings by star sprinter Magnus will highlight the Yallambee drafts at the 2011 majors. He is a son of Flying Spur and was a Group 1 winner of The Galaxy in Sydney before Yallambee retired him to stand at Eliza Park.
The Testa Rossas conceived at Yallambee will be a hard act to follow. His Perth stayer Ranger won the Listed WA St Leger on Saturday and Ortensia ran a tremendous fifth in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday.
Ranger can start 2011 on a winning note for Yallambee when he starts a warm favourite for the G2 Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.