Portelli tar­gets MM with Se­cret

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

GOLDEN Slip­per win­ning trainer Gary Portelli has his eyes set on the $2m Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in 63 days time with ex­cit­ing filly Se­cret Lady (pic­tured) who de­buts in the opener at Rosehill to­mor­row.

Portelli has won an Inglis Clas­sic, Nurs­ery and Golden Slip­per – all with She Will Reign but has so far been out of the money at the Magic Mil­lions.

That could all change on Jan­uary 13.

“She’s done noth­ing wrong so far,” Portelli said.

“She has jumped and run both times win­ning her two tri­als. Last time, I was hop­ing that there was some­thing else that would go quick early and put a bit of pres­sure on in the trial so she could take a sit but she jumped that well that there was noth­ing (Ja­son) Col­lett could do but go with her. She won un­der a nice hold

“She has al­ways showed abil­ity, how much we’ll find out on the week­end.”

Se­cret Lady has drawn bar­rier four of eight and will have the ben­e­fit Lee Magor­rian 3kgs claim.

“If she hadn’t of drawn well, I may have con­tem­plated tak­ing her up to New­cas­tle for a 900m race which would prob­a­bly have been an easy kill but we are try­ing to qual­ify her for the Magic Mil­lions.” Se­cret Lady was bought at

Mil­lions Sale, not the Gold Coast, but across the other side of the coun­try at the firm’s Perth Sale in Fe­bru­ary for $150,000.

“I have been to the Perth sale for the last few years and bought some nice horses there,” Portelli says.

“Bella Vino is one that I bought over there, Moc­casin Miss is an­other.”

Se­cret Lady’s own­ers are all fe­male mak­ing the filly el­i­gi­ble for the $500,000 Women’s Bonus paid pro­por­tion­ately to the first four all fe­male owned horses over the line in the $2m Magic Mil­lions 2YO.

Se­cret Lady’s dam, For Your Eyes Only, was a high class lo­cal in the West, win­ning 10 of her 27 starts in­clud­ing the WATC One Thou­sand Guineas, Gim­crack Stakes and the Magic Mil­lions Perth 3YO tro­phy.

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