Real deal by Testa Rossa

Real Time’s first-up victory at Caulfield will be the catalyst for a black-type campaign according to trainer Robert Smerdon.

The lightly-raced son of Vinery sire Testa Rossa hadn’t been seen since winning at the Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast in January.  He settled right behind the leaders in the Catanach’s Jewellers Hcp (1200m) on Saturday and found plenty to put the opposition away in the straight.

“He’s going to keep climbing the ladder and hopefully gets into Group racing,” Smerdon said.  “We opted to miss the Sydney and Brisbane carnivals to give the horse a nice break with a view to the spring.”

Real Time is a homebred for Gerry Harvey and is by Testa Rossa from Pure Beauty (Elusive Quality).  His dam is a half-sister to Group winners Carnegie House & Spurtonic and they descend from outstanding filly Startling Lass.

Real Time improved his record to 5 wins in 8 starts at Caulfield.  “We have plenty of options available to us this season,” Smerdon added.  “There’s plenty of upside about him as he is not yet fully wound up.

“He’s a horse that will win better races and gives me the impression he will get further, perhaps up to 1600m.”

Amelie’s Star is another Testa Rossa with a future.

She caught the eye winning a Hawkesbury maiden by 7 lengths last month and backed that up with another strong victory at Warwick Farm on August 26.

Trainer Peter Moody stepped her up from 1800m to 2100m for that last-start victory over Shelley’s Girl (Dubleo) in the More Than Ready @ Vinery Hcp.  She scored by almost two lengths and is capable of getting further with more racing.

Amelie’s Star (ex Zazita by Zabeel) is a half-sister to winners by More Than Ready & Mossman and she’s from a half-sister to G2 VRC St Leger winner Full At Last.

Moody has been very patient with Amelie’s Star.  She has only faced the starter six times and can complete a hat-trick next time out.

Amelie’s Star pictured as a foal at Vinery