Portelli targets MM with Secret
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.