Master of juveniles at it again
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