Mel­ham to re­unite with Slip­per win­ner

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - By CARYL WILLIAMSON

BEN Mel­ham will be re­united with Golden Slip­per win­ner She Will Reign when she makes her first pub­lic appearance since her Group 1 tri­umph.

Mel­ham will fly to Syd­ney to ride the filly in a bar­rier trial at War­wick Farm on Fri­day morn­ing with trainer Gary Portelli pleased with She Will Reign’s phys­i­cal progress from her two-year-old sea­son.

“She went to the pad­dock at 455 ki­los and is 498 now,” Portelli said.

“Ben Mel­ham will ride her in the trial on the course proper at War­wick Farm Fri­day and again in her next trial but I’m not yet sure when and where that will be.”

Mel­ham is on a diet to get to 51kg for the $10 mil­lion Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 14.

But with her first start sched­uled for Septem­ber 29 in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Val­ley, Craig Wil­liams will ride her 50kg with Mel­ham be­liev­ing that weight is be­yond him.

The Group 1 Moir (1000m) and The Ever­est are the only two con­firmed starts for She Will Reign this spring.

The win­ner of four of her five starts, She Will Reign was the first horse con­firmed for The Ever­est af­ter a deal struck be­tween Darby Rac­ing and slot holder Yu Long In­vest­ments.

The filly is the $6 sec­ond favourite for The Ever­est be­hind Chau­tauqua at $4.60 with English, Houtzen and Russian Rev­o­lu­tion all at $11.

Houtzen, who fin­ished fifth in the Slip­per as favourite, had a bar­rier tiral on Gold Coast yes­ter­day.

Her trainer Toby Ed­monds is also look­ing to kick her cam­paign off in Mel­bourne with the McEwen Stakes on Septem­ber 9 among the op­tions.

She will rep­re­sent Aquis Farm in The Ever­est.

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