First Stakes Win for Testa Rossa's Deep Image
Mark Smith - Saturday December 14

Purchased for $25,000 at the Inglis May Monthly Online Sale, the Robert Heathcote-trained gelding Deep Image earned that back with interest with his first stakes win in Saturday’s Listed Lough Neagh Stakes at Eagle Farm.

The 6yo Testa Rossa gelding has won three and placed in two of his five starts for Heathcote.

With Robbie Fradd in the saddle, Deep Image was eased across to lead from his wide barrier and he refused to give it up defeating Looks Like Elvis (All American) by three-quarters of a length with one and a half lengths to Chapter And Verse (Rothesay) in third.

"I have been saying for some time that Deep Image is all class and would win good races. But he had to do too much work from the inside barrier at his last start," Heathcote told AAP.

"I know it sounds strange but I knew if Robbie could work to the lead at his own pace today he could get some easy sectionals.

"That is the way it turned out and he was very strong on the line."Deep Image as a yearling

"Right from the time he won a trial for us I have had a wrap on him. I think he can probably go on to win an even better race.

Purchased by David Vandyke for $150,000 out of the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Deep Image advances his record to 7 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds from 19 starts with earnings of $291,950.

Deep Image is the best of five winners from as many to race out of the unraced Redoute’s Choice mare Starwish.

The win will be welcomed by Jamieson Park who will offer an Iffraaj (GB) filly out of Starfish at the upcoming NZB Karaka Yearling Sale as Lot 311.

Jamieson Park purchased Starwish for $200,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

A sister to the stakes-placed Starfish and half-sister to  Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes winner Brilliant Bisc, Starwish is a daughter of the Group 1 MVRC Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.

Starwish was covered by Iffraaj (GB) again last season.

Deep Image becomes the 66th stakes-winner for Vinery Stud’s long-serving Testa Rossa who earned an honourable pension in January.

The son of Perugino has two foals, both colts, on the ground this season from four mares covered last spring.


Tab Lough Neagh Stakes LR 1300m
Eagle Farm Track: Good(3) Time: 1:15.12
Deep Image
T: R L Heathcote J: R Fradd 54
6g Testa Rossa (AUS) x Starwish (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis May Monthly Online Sale $25,000
B: Racing Services Pty Ltd
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: David Vandyke
Looks Like Elvis
T: B J Dais J: B N Stewart 56
5g All American (AUS) x Savalook (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: Bryan Dais Racing
Chapter And Verse
T: Desleigh Forster J: M R Du Plessis 55.5
5g Rothesay (AUS) x McFly (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Raheen Stud Darling Downs Qld
B: Desleigh Forster
T: A J & T Edmonds J: Ryan Maloney 59.5
6g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Rezonet (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale $60,000
V:Kenmore Lodge Dulacca Qld
B: Magic Millions As Agent
Constant Flight
T: David Vandyke J: Jake Bayliss 54
5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Littlemiss Sandown (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Darby Racing/Vandyke Racing
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Noor Elaine Farm Pty Ltd Euroa Vic
B: Trevor Luke
River Racer
T: L G Ross J: M Mc Gillivray 54.5
6m Hidden Dragon (AUS) x Royal Yangtze (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
T: J C Smerdon J: D Dunn 54
6g Pluck (USA) x Enemy Dragline (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Donnybrook Estates Hunter Valley NSW
B: Magic Millions As Agent
Miss Fabulass
T: K A Lees J: A Mallyon 54.5
4m Frankel (GB) x Samantha Miss (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Reckless Choice
T: Steven O'Dea J: Boris Thornton 54
5g Choisir (AUS) x Alacer (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $120,000
V:Willow Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Proven Thoroughbreds/Steve O'Dea
Sharpe Hussler
T: D R Ward J: Luke Tarrant 54
8g Husson (ARG) x Lost In Dubai (NZ) (Dubai Destination (USA))
MM Gold Coast Horses In Training Sale $10,000
V:Clare Park Thoroughbreds, Coramba, NSW
B: Joanne Hardy
Monsieur Gustave
T: D J Hansen J: M Hellyer 56
7g Al Maher (AUS) x Saigon Moonlight (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $34,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: McLachlan Place Racing Stables