Testa targets Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Heart Testa will target the Magic Millions Guineas after a super-impressive victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Testa Rossa gelding high-balled in front and ran a class record 1.09.38s to win the Blackwoods CRC Industries Hcp (1200m).  “He doesn’t do that well during the week but turns up on raceday,” trainer Chris Waller said.  “We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves but he has a great future long-term.”

Heart Testa (3g Testa Rossa – Graciela by Flying Spur) kept his unbeaten record intact first-up after wins at Newcastle and Canterbury earlier in the season.  His sire already has a MM Guineas to his credit courtesy of Tereschenko in 2006.

The 2013 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) is a million-dollar race and is scheduled for January 12 on the Gold Coast.

Heart Testa was an easing odds-on favourite at Rosehill and Waller couldn’t believe he was such a short price.  “I thought the stablemate (Grand Business) could win,” he told reporters.  “In saying that, he does have that ability to get into position and he did it at both ends today.”

The winner is a homebred for Gerry Harvey.  The Magic Millions proprietor also part-owns Vinery Australia where Testa Rossa has been based since transferring from Victoria in 2006.

Vinery offered Heart Testa at the 2011 Magic Million National yearling sale but returned home after failing to reach a $36,000 reserve.  He is from a half-sister to Avondale stakes winner Royal Babe (Rory’s Jester).

Testa Rossa has developed into a Top 10 stallion in Australia and stands for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.  He has 18 yearlings catalogued for the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

– Karl Patterson