Trainer Gary Portelli didn’t mind being proven wrong as Testashadow held off a surging Mister Sea Wolf to take out the Group 3 $150,000 Festival Stakes (1500m). Portelli admitted there had been worrying signs from his stable stalwart going into the race. BROADSIDE CONTINUES GAI’S DREAM RUN SUNDAY RACES: BEST BETS AT NEWCASTLE, GRAFTON “Testashadow went terrible first-up, there was no real excuses except he might have still been a bit fat,’’ he said. “He’s an older horse now and might be taking a little longer to get fit so I gave him a barrier trial at Randwick last Tuesday just to try and get some weight off him. “I still thought he looked a bit chubby today when I saddled him then at the 600m, I was even more worried because Jason (Collett) started to ask him for an effort and there wasn’t much there. But he kept at him and this horse is very tough — he will keep trying and he got the job done.’’ Testashadow dug deep to win the Festival Stakes.Source:Getty Images In an exciting finish that had everyone guessing, Testashadow ($20) held on for the narrowest of wins from Mister Sea Wolf ($4.60) with Red Excitement ($13) a close third. Favourite Cabeza De Vaca ($3.20) led for home but was under siege from the 250m and faded to finish eighth. Testashadow, a six-year-old gelding, took his overall career earnings to $1.37 million with his Festival Stakes success, his eighth win from 37 starts prompting Portelli to declare: “He has been a great horse for the stable, Elite Thoroughbreds and his owners for a few years now.’’ Portelli said Testashadow deserves his chance in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 16. “I thought today we would learn where we are at with this horse,’’ Portelli said. “My original plan was to give him a couple of runs and then go to the Gold Coast again where he won the Magic Millions Cup fresh last January but we will definitely go to the Villiers now.’’ Testashadow edged out Mister Sea Wolf in a tight finish. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia Ike’s Dream (2004), Utzon (2006) and Monton (2011) have won the Festival-Villiers Stakes double in recent years. Collett thought he had “just got the