Winning Quota for Testa Rossa

Over Quota maintained his winning run through the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship series to land the $100,000 Final at Sandown on Saturday.

Over Quota (6g Testa Rossa – Jazz Baby by Zabeel) won Heats 1 and 9 leading into the decider and completed the hat-trick with a gutsy effort to defeat Agrippa by a neck.

The resilient son of Testa Rossa started at $15 in Heat 1 and then caused a $61 upset in Heat 9 before rewarding supporters with another $15 result in the Final.

“He’s a horse you don’t have to over work, I just let him find his own feet,” trainer Mark Webb revealed.  “He has done a wonderful job but even I didn’t think he would be so successful.

“The Swettenham Stud Championship is a fantastic concept.  It suited us because the horse is so tough.  We will stretch him out to 2000 metres now.”

Over Quota is raced by Bairnsdale based Arno Blank and Judy Bourke who bought him for $28,000 at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  Apart from the prizemoney, the owners also receive a free service to Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano.

Testa Rossa got him from a Zabeel mare and the Swettenham Final was part of a two-state double for the leading Vinery sire on Saturday.  His Anthony Cummings trained gelding Fontelina will be set for Melbourne features after winning at Canterbury like a youngster with unlimited upside.

Fontelina (3g Testa Rossa – Decipher by Timber Country) failed to make a $50,000 reserve at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions when offered by Baramul Stud.  His second dam Electrique (Zephyr Zip) was a G1 winner of the AJC Flight Stakes and STC Australia Stakes.

Cummings has covered all bases by nominating Fontelina for the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and G1 Newmarket Hcp (1200m) at Flemington in March.