Portelli not wor­ried about a firm track with his boom colt

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

GARY Portelli be­lieves boom colt Time To Reign will be just as ef­fec­tive on a firm track at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row as he was when thrash­ing his ri­vals on a soft track at Royal Rand­wick two weeks ago.

Time To Reign is a half-brother to She Will who was un­beaten in two slow track runs and fa­mously won her Golden Slip­per in 2017 on a Heavy 10.

“All of his track­work had been on dry tracks and we formed fair opin­ion of him be­fore trial,” Portelli said.

“It’s just nice to know that he can han­dle the wet as well as we be­lieve will dry.

While Portelli is un­fazed about what’s un­der­foot to­mor­row, the same can’t be said for Time To Reign’s weight – with his 58.5kg, 2kg more than his Kirkham Plate win in what ap­pears a stronger field than he meets this time.

“It’s not ideal but it is what it is. He’ll have the race fit­ness and a bit more knowl­edge from last start butw I hope the weight doesn’t be­come an is­sue at

end of the race,” he said.

“It is a big weight to carry com­pared to some these horses that we don’t know much about.”

Portelli said, win, lose or draw, Time To Reign will be in a pad­dock come Mon­day with an eye to next year’s Slip­per.

The trainer’s other big au­tumn hope, Ron­star, re­sumes in the ATC Dy­na­ton Sales and Hire Hand­i­cap (1200m) with Wi­nona Costin sad­dle.

Costin, Syd­ney’s Lead­ing Ap­pren­tice in the 2014/15 sea­son, has rid­den the Zous­tar colt in all three starts (and four tri­als) in­clud­ing his win over Cool­more Stud Stakes hope­ful Di­plo­matico.

“We’ve given him three nice tri­als head­ing into this and if he can’t win this week­end then we’re prob­a­bly in a bit of trou­ble” Portelli.

“Phys­i­cally, track­work and trial wise – if he had a shiny coat, I’d be declar­ing him un­beat­able but his coat is just not quite there.”

Trainer Gary Portelli is con­fi­dent Time To Reign will han­dle the firm track to­mor­row.

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