Testa Rossa put the finishing touches on another successful juvenile season when his progressive youngster Testashadow won at Randwick on Saturday.
The Gary Portelli trained gelding helped Testa Rossa ($2.17 million) edge ahead of Exceed And Excel and Snitzel in a close contest for second spot on the Australian 2YO premiership
Fellow Vinery resident Mossman is poised to take the 2YO title with $3 million in prizemoney.
Testashadow (2g Testa Rossa – Moonlight Shadow by Flying Spur) looked an emerging talent when running down Good Project in an exciting finish to the TAB Early Quaddie Hcp (1400m). “He got into a nice rhythm and let down nicely,” winning jockey Lester Grace said. “He ran the 1400m right out and is probably looking for a mile now.”
Elite Thoroughbreds bought the Randwick winner for $50,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions. With the addition of a BOBS incentive, his syndicate have already banked over $81,300.
Testa Rossa’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered cost $70,000 at the same sale.
There’s another promising Testa Rossa two year-old in Melbourne named Devon Princess. The Mick Price trained filly is a last-start winner of the $160,000 VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill.
Testa Rossa will stand for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery this year.