Bul­let looks ready to fire at Rose­hill

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

GARY Portelli joked prior to Sin­gle Bul­let’s rare win at Royal Rand­wick last start that the horse was well named.

A fair call bear­ing in mind that his 15 pre­vi­ous starts was marked but just one sin­gle win, al­beit the Group 2 ATC Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).

Win num­ber two was Sin­gle Bul­let at his barn­storm­ing best – 57.71 un­der a big weight from back near last, it was im­pres­sive stuff.

“He’s been full of prom­ises but it was enor­mous to see him do the job at Rand­wick,” Portelli said.

“Tommy (Berry) said when he got the front he half pulled up on him. I don’t think we are over the line yet with his gen­uine-ness. I’d love to see him put two to­gether but I am not sure he is that type of horse that will be­cause things re­ally need to go his way on his day.

“You would want to be cer­tain of them go­ing ab­so­lutely berserk and a cou­ple of the bet­ter chances be­ing trapped wide – all that sort of stuff that you like to see when you’ve got some­thing is com­ing from be­hind.”

If in­deed, Sin­gle Bul­let has turned the cor­ner, it comes at an op­por­tune time given that Portelli plans to send the geld­ing to the Gold Coast for a crack at

$1m Magic Mil­lions Sprint (1100m), a race which he won in 2015 with Straturbo.

Sta­ble­mate Nicci’s Gold is po­ten­tially, fac­ing a much ear­lier date with destiny – she’s on trial for the Group 2 ATC Vil­liers (1600m) seven days after her ATC TAB Re­wards Hand­i­cap (1400m) mis­sion to­mor­row.

The daugh­ter of iron horse Nic­coni turned in what Portelli la­belled ‘a huge run’ when chas­ing down boom mare Sea­sons to a 1.3-lengths mar­gin first-up at the venue on Novem­ber 17.

“She is a lovely horse, ev­ery­thing she does she just tries to please you,” Portelli said.

“Ev­ery prepa­ra­tion she has raised the bar a lit­tle higher and has been real work in progress for us. I don’t know where she is go­ing to end up.

“Is she a black-type horse, I’m not sure, but if you asked me 12 months ago would she win on a Satur­day in town I would have laughed at you.”

Nicci’s Gold, a mere $25,000 year­ling who has so far won al­most ten times that amount, has drawn poorly and will need a con­sid­er­able amount of luck says Portelli.

“I thought if she drew in­side of four that you write your ticket now but any­way, we’ll be re­ly­ing on a bit of luck now.”

Portelli’s day kicks off with the smart Ron­star drawn the rails in the 1400m ATC 2019 Mem­ber­ship Hand­i­cap over 1400m.

“We are hop­ing to see him turn it around,” the trainer said. “This looks like a winnable race for sure. The 2kg claim brings him right into the race I feel, the good draw and blink­ers on for first time.”

Trainer Gary Portelli is hop­ing Sin­gle Bul­let can make it two wins in a row when he lines up at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row.

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