Testarhythm provided Testa Rossa with his 43rd black-type winner in the LR Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford on Thursday.
The Darren Smith trained gelding took the step up from a restricted result at Canterbury without breaking stride on the Central Coast. He followed front-runner Zaratone before lengthening to a two length victory over Soledad and Uate.
“We nominated him for Rosehill this Saturday but he drew terribly in barrier 17,” Smith explained. “I spoke with the owners and we decided to head to Gosford instead. He’s racing well and we knew he would be competitive off the back of that last start win.”
Testarhythm (5g Testa Rossa – Dancing Bridges by Danske) was a $110,000 buy at the 2009 Inglis Classic yearling sale and has now earned over $310,000 for his owners Phil Duggan, Bill & Alma Ford, Bill Lovatt, Ralph Portaro and Gary Stead.
His dam Dancing Bridges was a Canterbury juvenile winner and was also stakes placed twice at Warwick Farm. She hails from a successful NZ family that includes G2 Matamata Breeders Stakes winner Te Akau Rose (Thorn Park).
Testa Rossa stands at Vinery for a $33,000 service fee. The Lee Freedman trained Jiang opened his stakes winning account in the G2 Maribyrnong Plate in November 2004.
Testa Rossa has 12 yearlings catalogued at the Gold Coast Magic Millions. By Thursday evening, half of them had gone through the sale-ring at a median of $125,000.
Hoofnote: Darren Smith has his talented Testa Rossa gelding Whisperossa ready to run a forward race in the $100,000 Magic Millions Class 6 Plate (1200m) on Saturday. “Whisperossa has had a freshen up with the Gold Coast in mind,” Smith said. “He’s as fit as I can get him and his trials have been that good, Glyn Schofield can’t wait for Saturday.”
Testa Rossa mare Bella Rossie is also a winning chance in the $200,000 Magic Millions Sprint. The Gary Portelli trained mare returned from a long spell to win first-up at Newcastle on January 2.
– Karl Patterson