Portelli’s Bullet on target for Roman Consul mission
GARY Port el li will take timeout from his Everest countdown tomorrow to ensure She Will Reigs table mate Single Bullet can add his name to an illustrious honour roll of Roman Cons us takes winners.
First run in 1979, the 1200m feature has been won by the likes of Red Anchor, Show County, Encounter, Exceed nd Excel, Fast net Rock, Buffering, Zou star, Brazen Beau and Exopshere.
Last year’ s winner, Russian Revolution, will be one 11- rivals for Port elli’ s star fill y She Will Reign to overcome in next weekend’s inaugural $10 m Everest.
Single Bulet, himself once considered a possible Everest contender tack les the Group 2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes (1200 m) three weeks after his 1.3- lengths second in the Heritage Stakes behind unbeaten Go dolphin colt Viri dine who will also be present.
Single Bullet may well have finished closer had he been able to secure a clear run int straight instead of being hemmed from his inside draw.
“I was disappointed with what happened during the race but pretty happy with his effort ,” Port ellis aid .“He has come back well and his work was brilliant on Tuesday morning. He looks a lot fitter for the run going into the weekend spot on so hopefully we have bit more luck .”
Go dolphin has two runner sin the Roman Consul, the a fore mention ed Viri dine joined by Street Cry colt, Be au G este.
“Be au G este comes into this off a last startwin with a big weight against threeyear-olds ,” Cummings said.
“He wanted to over race second up over 1300 m so the drop back tot he 1200 m should suit and his fitness levels are good .”
Viri dine meanwhile i si ming to stretch his unbeaten sequence to four as he seeks to do the Her itage/Roman Cionsu l double done only by Rendoo (1986), Show County (1989) and Laurie’ s Lottery (1998).