Panipique completed another profitable week for Testa Rossa in the Listed VRC Bob Hoysted Hcp (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
A homebred for Turangga Farm owner Stuart Ramsey, Panipique powered home to defeat Queen Delight and Gran Sasso down the straight. She won by a length despite jockey Michael Walker losing an off-side iron when the field joined the course proper.
Panipique (4m Testa Rossa – Our Quivira by Spinning World) was catalogued for the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions but Ramsey took her back home when bidding stopped short of a $250,000 reserve.
Sent to Peter Moody, she has earned over $306,000 from 5 wins in 18 starts. Saturday’s victory was her third at black-type level following the 2010 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield and 2011 MSS Security Stakes at Flemington.
Moody also trained her dam Our Quivira to win the G3 Dermody Stakes in Adelaide and Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington. “We will set her for a Group 1 in The Galaxy,” Moody declared. “She loves the cut out of the ground and we would be unlucky not to get a wet track in Sydney!”
Vinery sire Testa Rossa started the week his rejuvenated miler Over Quota winning the LR Kilmore Cup. He was coming off a clean-sweep in the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship.
Testa Rossa also provided Adelaide trainer Sam Kavanagh with his first winner when Meshmaker saluted at Morphettville on Saturday.
And his flag-bearer Ortensia will be the testing material for Panipique in The Galaxy. She was last seen winning the G1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth and is fired up for another campaign after cruising home in a Randwick barrier trial last week.
Ortensia lost the 2010 edition of The Galaxy in the stewards room. That decision that still rankles her owners and they are very keen to reverse that result this year.