Portelli’s Shadow back to Syd­ney after Melbourne plac­ing

The Sportsman Midweek - - Hawkesbury | Preview - CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

GARY Portelli has un­veiled a cou­ple of promis­ing two-yearolds al­ready this sea­son but is look­ing to a sta­ble vet­eran to keep up his good form when he runs at Rose­hill on the week­end.

Seven-year- old Tes­tashadow will line up in Satur­day’s Novem­ber Topaz (1900m) after a game third in the Listed Fur­phy Stakes (1800m) at Flem­ing­ton last week.

The geld­ing was beaten by the Chris Waller-trained pair Kaonic and Life Less Or­di­nary in Fur­phy and also has a Group 3 third this cam­paign in the Pre­mier’s Cup won by Avil­ius.

“He’s come back from Melbourne and will run in the Topaz,” Portelli said.

“Then we look to run him in the Villiers again.” Tes­tashadow fin­ished sixth

last year’s Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Rand­wick, beaten one and a half lengths.

This year’s Villiers is on De­cem­ber 15.

Un­beaten ju­ve­nile colt Time To Reign, a half-brother to the Portelli-trained 2017 Golden Slip­per win­ner She Will Reign, is hav­ing a short break since his most re­cent win on Novem­ber 3 be­fore he be­gins a Slip­per prepa­ra­tion.

Like She Will Reign, Time To Reign is raced by Darby Rac­ing but cost the group $ 325,000 com­pared to the $20,000 out­lay for his sis­ter.

Portelli will send two-year- old Space­boy to the races on Satur­day week when he will run in the Golden Gift (1100m).

The colt is from the first crop by Deep Field and won an 800m bar­rier trial at War­wick Farm last Fri­day by six lengths.

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