Bullet looks ready to fire at Rosehill
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.