Testarythm Scores Strong 2013 Takeover Target Stakes Win

Darren Smith-trained gelding Testarhythm scored the first stakes win of his career in a what was a dominant performance in the Listed 2013 Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) on Thursday.

Paying $12, the five-year-old was far too strong for his more-fancied rivals, winning by 1 1/2 lengths from Soledad and Uate.

Brenton Avdulla positioned the son of Testa Rossa just behind the speed before gaining the lead with 100m to go and storming home for a dominant victory.

It was by far the biggest win of the progressive galloper’s career, taking his record to five wins from 15 starts and his prize pool to $260,000.

The victory was his second straight and was a big step up in class after he narrowly won a BM85 event at Canterbury on December 29.

The Darley-owned Soledad jumped a $3.50 favourite and was solid to finish second in what was his first start since a solid winter-spring campaign.

It was the seventh straight top three finish for the Commands gelding who has won four times from 15 starts.

Uate also produced a pleasing performance to finish third showing signs of the horse that was good enough to win at Group 3 level in the Skyline Stakes in 2011.

In the other feature races of the day, Moriarty produced a strong finish to claim a second straight stakes win in the 2013 Gosford Cup while Cathay Lady notched up her fourth straight win to win the 2013 Belle Of The Turf Stakes.

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Takeover Target Stakes 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 7 TESTARHYTHM Darren Smith Brenton Avdulla 8 54kg $12
2 6 SOLEDAD Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.5L 4 54kg $3.40F
3 4 UATE Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1.7L 9 55kg $4.60
4 1 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter Rod Quinn 2.2L 10 59kg $26
5 8 KAYPERS Greg Bennett Jason Collett 2.3L 6 54kg $21
6 2 ROCK ’N’ POP Gai Waterhouse James McDonald 2.8L 2 58.5kg $5.50
7 9 MARONEY AVENUE Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 3.3L 5 54kg $10
8 3 ZARATONE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.4L 1 57.5kg $6
9 5 IZABABE Peter Nestor Christian Reith 5.4L 7 54kg $12
10 10 ORTHIE’S GEM Garry Neale Tommy Berry 11.7L 3 54kg $26