From London was a topical tip at Eagle Farm on the same day our athletes returned from the Olympics.
The Patinack galloper was always travelling like a winner before claiming the Bundaberg Rum Select Vat Hcp (1600m) on Wednesday.
From London’s sire Testa Rossa and his dam Sally Magic have been an item since they ran one-two in the 1999 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
After the Gold Coast, Sally Magic managed a restricted win at Randwick before Strawberry Hill owner John Singleton retired her to stud. She has a 100% strike-rate with Vinery sire Testa Rossa commencing with top-class sprinter Publishing.
An outstanding looking individual, Publishing was the highest priced Testa Rossa colt of his year selling for $250,000 at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions. As a three-year-old, he completed a hat trick by big margins in Melbourne and returned at four to capture the G3 Standish Hcp at Flemington and G3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield.
Publishing stands at Raheen Stud and his oldest are new season two year-olds.
From London (5g Testa Rossa – Sally Magic by Keltrice) is their second to race and he has won five races from 1350m to 1800m. Singo also bred Killcare Beach from the same sire and dam but she retired without facing the starter. Her first foal – a filly by Stratum filly – arrived last October.
Vinery sire Testa Rossa is up and running with 8 Australian winners in the first fortnight of the season. His daughter Gossip Girl signalled the first black-type isn’t far away when she was runner-up in the G3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville last Saturday.
New Zealand based gelding Master Power can blind-side his Aussie counterparts to be the first Testa Rossa stakes winner for 2012-13. The former Hong Kong galloper will be one of the favourites for the G3 Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa this Saturday.