Kiwi Testa set for Karaka Classic

NZ trainer David Hayes believes he’s finally going in the right direction with Weregoingtogetcha.

The Woodville trainer has endured a frustrating past few months with the son of Testa Rossa and a dashing trial win on his home track on Tuesday was a confidence booster for all concerned.

Earlier this year a severe case of ringworm ruled out a trip to the Queensland winter carnival for Weregoingtogetcha, who hasn’t raced since he finished an unlucky fifth in the G1 New Zealand Derby.

Weregoingtogetcha (4h Testa Rossa- Sweetness ‘n Light by Entrepreneur) had previously run third in the G2 Waikato Guineas and defeated the highly-regarded Kawi (Savabeel) in an age group event at Awapuni.

His latest preparation was stalled by a more recent virus and Hayes was both relieved and satisfied after his four-year-old had raced away with an open 1200 metre trial this week.

“Johnathon Parkes rode him for me and they did the business,” Hayes said.  “The horse came off the corner and put four lengths on them. He let down well and he’s more responsive this year.

“He had a jump-out after the Makfi and then had a cough so we had to back off again.  We had his blood done and his white cell count was down.”

Hayes is now looking to start Weregoingtogetcha in the Listed Karaka Classic on September 20.

“If he can win a black type race that will get him up in the ratings so he can get in the better races later,” Hayes said.  “Melbourne is still on the horizon or there’s the Coupland’s Mile for him at home.”

Weregoingtogetcha cost $67,5000 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Sale.  He is a younger half-brother to Sweet Talkin Woman (More Than Ready) who has won 6 races to date for Prime Thoroughbreds and trainer Kris Lees.

Testa Rossa has prospects of a stakes-winning double at Flemington’s Group 1 meeting on Saturday with Speediness (G3 Bobbie Lewis Quality) and Our Hand of Faith (LR Sofitel Stakes).

Vinery stands Testa Rossa for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee.