SPEEDINESS just missed in Saturday’s Gr.1 Toorak Hcp but another Testa Rossa gelding, Weregoingtogetcha confirmed a return to black-type company with a stylish victory at Hawera on Saturday.
The good-looking son of Testa Rossa put away a strong field of sprinters over a distance short of his best in the Moller Johnson Hcp (1400m). He was racing second-up following an unlucky placing at Taupo last month.
Woodville trainer David Hayes now his has sights set on a step up to 1600 metres in the G3 Thompson Hcp on October 26. “Vinnie (Colgan) rode him perfectly and he will go to Trentham in a fortnight,” Hayes said. “The track and the draw beat him at Taupo but he came through that race really well.”
Weregoingtogetcha (4h Testa Rossa- Sweetness ‘n Light by Entrepreneur) was stakes placed LR Ryder Stakes at two and the G2 Waikato Guineas last season. He finished fifth in the New Zealand Derby but a proposed trip to the Queensland winter carnival was abandoned after he was struck by a severe case of ringworm.
Hayes bought him for $67,500 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Sale. He is a younger half-brother to Sweet Talkin Woman (More Than Ready) who was retired this year after winning 6 races for Prime Thoroughbreds and trainer Kris Lees.
Testa Rossa sprinter Speediness added a Group 1 placing to his record when runner-up in the Toorak Hcp at Caulfield on Saturday. Trainer Colin Scott will nominated him for a return clash with Trust In A Gust at Moonee Valley and/or Flemington.
Vinery stands Testa Rossa for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee.