Testa Rossa is going from strength to strength this season and he produced another very promising colt at Doomben on Saturday.
The Vinery champion sired three stakes winners in Victoria last week and Teronado looked a black-type winner of the future when coasting home in the Eagers Mazda Hcp (1350m).
Teronado (2c Testa Rossa – Nassi Doll by Nassipour) is an untapped talent according to trainer Bruce Hill. “I could have sent him down to Sydney for the G1 Champagne Stakes,” he said. “But he’s still immature and I’m in no rush. What he’s done so far in three starts is on raw ability.”
The Testa Rossa colt had won by three lengths on debut at the Sunshine Coast but floundered on a Heavy 10 at the same venue on Australia Day. “There’s no doubt he is better on top of the track,” Hill added. “But you don’t get good horses every day – I will tip him straight out and might even keep him out long enough to miss the winter carnival.”
Hill bought Teronado on behalf of owner Steve Foster at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He cost $45,000 from Baramul Stud and is the sixth winner from former Adelaide mare Nassi Doll. She was a multiple winner from 1050m to 1800m and was G3 placed in the 2000 Christmas Hcp at Cheltenham.
Testa Rossa has sired two juvenile winners so far this season. The first was Twilight Royale who captured the $250,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Warwick Farm in December and the $250,000 Inglis Premier (1200m) at Mornington on Wednesday.
– Karl Patterson