Mas­ter of ju­ve­niles at it again

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS HALL OF FAME HAND­I­CAP

RONSTAR has a pro­nounced sway­back and un­gainly gal­lop­ing ac­tion, but he also has a fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion to win.

At Rose­hill yes­ter­day, first starter Ronstar was un­der siege from the turn but he found a win to win the Aber­corn Hall of Fame Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Gary Portelli, a mas­ter trainer of two-year-olds, pre­dicted a bright fu­ture for Ronstar.

“I thought he was get­ting tired at the 200m and they had him cold,’’ Portelli said.

“But he does that at track­work, too. When they come up to him he says ‘no, I have plenty left’.

“He has a mas­sive, ef­fort­less stride and he is go­ing to get over fur­ther.’’

Ronstar ($8) held River Bird ($13) at bay to score by a short half-head with Cany­onero ($7) 1½ lengths away third.

Favourite Press Box ($1.85) failed to run on as ex­pected, labour­ing home in sixth, nearly four lengths be­hind the win­ner.

Portelli took par­tic­u­lar sat­is­fac­tion from Ronstar’s win as it pro­vided owner Ron­nie Burns with a welcome change of luck.

“I was hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tions with Ron­nie re­cently and he was a lit­tle bit down on how things weren’t go­ing so well for him with all the horses he has,’’ Portelli said.

“He told me he hasn’t been to Rose­hill for 18 months with a run­ner so I said ‘I’ll try to fix that for him’.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve it the next horse I bring to the races on a Satur­day wins for him.’’

Portelli said he will see how Ronstar pulls up be­fore de­cid­ing whether to keep the geld­ing in train­ing.

“We saw a raw in­di­vid­ual to­day, a horse with nat­u­ral abil­ity who should get fur­ther,’’ Portelli said.

“His mother, Miss Essem­bee, was a handy sprinter and holds a cou­ple of course records around the bush.’’

Michael Walker and Chris Waller with the Doomben Cup yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: AAP

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