Shooting for a hat-trick … Testarhythm.DARREN SMITH’S father-in-law Bill Ford knows what it is like to have a good one and has once again struck with Testarhythm.

Ford has been part of the Smith stable since his son-in-law began and he shared in the ownership of Our Chinook and Varikos, two of the horses which got the stable going.

”The only reason I got the horses was probably [Smith’s wife] Jackie,” Smith said. ”He [Ford] gave them to me when I had a couple running around the bush, and they were both good ones.

”Our Chinook won a quarter of a million and Varikos ran second in a Galaxy. He has been a good owner and lucky for me.”

Testarhythm is the latest to shine and this preparation as a five-year-old has been his coming-out campaign. He shoots for a hat-trick at Rosehill on Saturday after a gutsy win at Canterbury late last year and victory in the Takeover Target Stakes at Gosford nine days ago.

”We always thought he had the potential but this is the first prep where his soundness and strength have been right,” Smith said. ”He has got better with every run this time and is very fit.”

As a two-year-old, Testarhythm ran second on debut and was second pick in betting when he failed to beat home a runner in Chance Bye’s Inglis Classic.

He put together a handy record, winning three times before coming back as a five-year-old and fulfilling one of Smith’s goals as a trainer.

”The Takeover Target is one of those races you really want to win,” he said. ”Testa went into it very well last start and I knew he would run a good race, but I couldn’t say I was confident of him winning. He did and it ticked a box for my career.”

Smith says Testarhythm has never been better placed to run 1400 metres, even though he has never won over the trip. ”Every time we have got to 1400m there has been something wrong with him, it might have only been little but there have been excuses,” the Broadmeadow horseman said. ”He has never been this strong going to the 1400m and he has a good draw [two] to help him.

”It is a tough race but I couldn’t be happier with him and the way he came through the last two wins.”

Smith will also bring Net Worth and California Storm down the F3 to meet in a benchmark 80 over 1100m.

Fastnet Rock four-year-old Net Worth resumes with an impressive record of three wins and six placings from 14 starts. His winter campaign finished with victory in the Provincial Cup on Newcastle Cup day.

California Storm was runner-up in the Hurricane a day earlier and it may pay to overlook his first-up failure at Gosford. ”He went awful that day but if what he has been doing on the track is anything to go by he will have this lot chasing for a long way,” Smith said. ”I probably lean towards Net Worth out of the pair because he goes well fresh.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.