VINERY Stud resident Testa Rossa has bulleted into fourth place in the Leading Sire By Winners 2010/11 category after a succession of ‘doubles’ and ‘trebles’ around the nation.

The six times Group One winner sired three winners on Wednesday’s Sandown-Hillside meeting with victories coming from Red Hustler, Testa My Patience and Suzebabe.

Testa Rossa’s memorable, but not unusually prolific week, was almost capped off after his star daughter Ortensia finished third behind Typhoon Tracy (by Red Ransom) in the Group One MRC C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

“Testa Rossa is an incredibly reliable and consistent stallion,” Vinery Stud’s Adam White says.
He has been that way all throughout his career – from when he started off at stud in Victoria – and now from his home here at Vinery.

“They are tough, sound, very competative horses who handle the rigours of training and racing very, very well. I can’t think of a sire whose progeny are regarded as being tougher – you talk to any trainer and that’s the first they will tell you.”

Testa Rossa’s firm entrenchment in at the sharp end of the sire’s tables comes at an oppourtune time for vendors who are sending one of his 18 yearlings to the upcoming Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands which starts at the end of this month.

“They sold extrenely well at the Gold Coast and especially well at Karaka, so the competition on his Premier yearlings is cound to be intense.

He just keeps doing the job and they won’t set you back a fortune to get started yet you have a potential 2YO that could very well still be going at seven or eight,” says White.