Portelli not worried about a firm track with his boom colt
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.