Heart Testa Wins 2015 Southern Cross Stakes

February 16th, 2015

Five-year-old gelding Heart Testa delivered Chris Waller his first win at Randwick on Saturday, surging home in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m).

Heart Testa won the Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Heart Testa won the Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Photo by Steve Hart.

It was just the second win in an eight race campaign for Heart Testa, who previously won the Kingswood Handicap (1350m) at Rosehill on November 15.

The gelding has gone through a bit of a testing stage of late with Waller keen to find his preferred distance, however following Saturday’s win he will be kept over the sprint distance of 1200 metres.

“He is a 1200m horse and we have worked that out now,” Waller said after the race.

“We tried a few things with him, thought we could stretch him out a touch further but he is a handy sprinter and does a good job at the distance.”

With a starting price of $14 at Ladbrokes.com.au, Heart Testa delivered punters a lucrative return, winning half a length clear of favourite Driefontein ($2.60) with Territory ($4) a short half-head away in third.

With hoop Jason Collett in the saddle, Heart Testa went forward but was trapped three wide. He was on the speed and only a head back into the bend before hitting the front 200 metres out, just doing enough to score and deny Driefontein her first win of a lengthy campaign dating back to October.

“I wasn’t too concerned to be honest because he was travelling well underneath me and we got the best part of the track in the straight,” Collett said.

“Winning a stakes race on this horse means a lot because I’ve had a good association with him over the years.

“A couple of times I have placed on him and probably should have won, so it is good to get one back.”

Heart Testa will have plenty of options over 1200 metres during the autumn racing carnival, however he could come face to face with some of the best sprinters in the country.

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