Widden Graduate Testarhythm Finds Best Form

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Sydney- A patient and persistent approach by Newcastle trainer Darren Smith paid dividends on Saturday when injury troubled sprinter Testarhythm scored a tenacious win at Canterbury.

The five year-old gelding has had several lengthy spells due to injury and his form this preparation has been indifferent, but he pulled out his A game to win the Benchmark 85 event over 1250 metres by a short head.

“His trackwork had been spot on, so we thought he was ready to win,”said Darren Smith.

“These owners have stuck with him all the way so it’s been a great day for them.

“He’s had a lot of problems, but we keep giving him one more chance.”

A $110,000 purchase for his trainer from the Widden draft at the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Testarhythm has won four races from 14 starts and just shy of $250,000 in prizemoney.

He is by Testa Rossa from stakes-placed Dancing Bridges (NZ), a half-sister to Group II winner Te Akau Rose and to the dam of this season’s stakes-winner Cavalry Rose.

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