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Boasting eight winners out of his 37 previous runners, hitting a 21.6% run, Warwick Farm registrant Gary Portelli hit a purple patch heading into the Christmas period. He arranges three runners to run in his backyard tomorrow and believes at least two of them are capable of performing well.
With his artist Trapeze colt Flying Trapeze was nominated in $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Gold Coast on January 14, Portelli will need his salute to give him any chance of getting on the field of choice. After two solid runs in quality company to kickstart his career, he thinks he’s found the right race to finally land his spot on the board.
“He’s had two starts, both at the highest level,” Portelli told Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday morning.
“In Breeder’s Plate, he ran well on a really heavy track, and on the next start, he ran really well in the backend of The (Golden) Gift.
“I think he matched the final stretch pairing with the winner over time, and he went back too far that day.
“This is one last throw at the stump to try to get him to qualify million magic. It’s probably the best arranged race for him right now.
Flying Trapeze was drawn for a comfortable running track in transit from gate two and benefited from apprentice Tyler Schiller’s 1.5kg claim who reduced his weight to a manageable level. controllable is 56.5kg.
Later in the card, Portelli elevates his pride in Dubai gelding Unrelenting, who is lining up for his fourth run this time of year. This five-year-old is another who has been blessed by the barrier gods drawing the inner alleyway and winning the James Mcdonald ring championship on his back.
“He’s ready to go,” Portelli said.
“The heavy horse took a while to get back into shape. The day before he ran very well, fighting strong with a very fast pace.
“J Mac will continue tomorrow and hope for some miracle J Mac and he can cross the line for us.”
Perhaps fewer of Portelli’s three entrants tomorrow is his I’m All The Talk mare Hollywood Gossip, the first since a disappointing attempt at Wyong on July 19. The four-year-old has not been as popular as her steady friends, drawing marble 11 in the school of up to 13.
However, in Hollywood Gossip’s favor, it’s that she’s one-on-one throughout the process and distance.
“The horse is fast. Drawing a bit clumsy, every time I agree with her she pulls the barricade outside but we’ll run after her,” Portelli said.
“It was Warwick Farm, one turn and she won at Warwick Farm before.
“She is progressing well so we expect her to run a good race from the start, but she still needs to improve.”
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