Two in a row for Mr Testa at Eagle Farm

Jun 26, 2013

Mr Testa continues to reward the patience of connections, after the Meagher Racing-trained six-year-old won the Hidden Dragon at Lyndhurst Benchmark 75 Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

The gelding joined Meagher Racing part of the way through a 61-week break from the track with the Queensland outfit the sixth stable to prepare the injury-prone galloper.

Only Meagher Racing and Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mark Kavanagh have cajoled wins out of Mr Testa, who has not finished further back than fourth in his time at the stable.

Top Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon took the ride on Mr Testa. The experienced rider Mr Testa to trail the leaders and then produced his mount at the right time in the straight with the son of Testa Rossa doing the rest, winning by 1½ lengths.

“He’s done a great job because he’s been plagued with injuries,”  John Meagher said.

“Being a big, heavy horse he’s had to overcome sesamoiditis but we’ve taken our time with him and the owners have been very patient.”

Mr Testa has now won his past two starts, taking his record to five wins and eight placings from 28 starts while the $11,050 winner's cheque took his earnings to more than $67,000.

“He (Mr Testa) handles any type of going, not just the heavy,” Meagher said.

Dan Meagher, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Chris, said Mr Testa would go out for a short break and return later in the year.

© MiStable 2013