Portelli’s Bul­let on tar­get for Ro­man Con­sul mis­sion

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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).

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