THE champagne is on ice as Vinery resident Testa Rossa is now just one win away from reaching a milestone 500 individual winners.

A six-times Group 1 winning racehorse from 1000m up to a mile, Testa Rossa has needed only 691 starters to get to his current tally of 499 courtesy of a remarkable 72.2% strike-rate.

His 499 winners include 91 stakeswinners split almost dead level down the middle with 46 black-type winners around the globe led by ably by the Group 1 winning mares Ortensia and Rostova.

Testa Rossa has sired winners in 15 different countries in Australasia, Asia, Europe, the USA and Middle East.

Versatility remains a cornerstone for the Testa Rossa whose stakeswinners have struck from 900m up to 2800m across all age groups.