Portelli hoping rain tempers tough draw

Last season’s champion two-year-old, Fireburn faces a tough task from a wide gate in the Golden Rose.

FIREBURN.
FIREBURN. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Gary Portelli admits an outside barrier draw has dealt Fireburn's Golden Rose chances a crushing blow and if not for her gate, he would have been heading into the Group 1 race supremely confident. 

With the scratching of Best Of Bordeaux, who instead tackles the Heritage Stakes (1100m), the Golden Slipper heroine will jump from barrier 15 of 16 in Saturday's 1400m feature. 

Had she come up with a better alley, Portelli says, "I think she just wins". 

Now the trainer is relying on luck in the run and the vagaries of a rain-affected track if the filly is to become just the second Slipper winner since Forensics to capture the Golden Rose, and the first to do so in the spring. 

"The fantasy was she gets every chance from a good gate. Now we have to hope the rain plays a part in the draw and helps us out," Portelli said. 

"Even though I think she should be winning, she's going to need a lot more luck than what she would have if she'd drawn a good gate. 

"It's really difficult to go to the races confident you can win (from that draw)." 

Portelli began the spring with plans to give Fireburn a two-start campaign and is unlikely to deviate from that path, despite putting jockey Brenton Avdulla on standby to ride her in next week's Flight Stakes

The more probable outcome is she heads to the paddock after Saturday. 

"We have put Brenton on hold just in case, but it's not something we aimed at so it would be an afterthought," he said. 

"She is probably going to have to have a real big run on the weekend and I don't know that she could peak twice in a week." 

Stablemate Sejardan fared better at the draw with barrier eight and Portelli is looking forward to stretching him out to 1400m for the first time. 

"It has been a situation where we've been thinking he's a 1400 metre horse and he hasn't had the opportunity to race over 1400," he said. 

"He did win the Todman, he won the (Golden) Gift, he was unlucky in the (Inglis) Millennium when he got knocked down. 

"He's a good colt and he's got more prizemoney than most of the horses in the race. You'd hope if he jumps well, he'd give himself every hope." 

 

 

 


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Rosehill

Saturday, 24th September 2022

8
16:05
(local)

CHANDON GOLDEN ROSE STAKES (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
AUD $1,023,300
1400m TURF GOOD
8
16:05
(local)
AUD $1,023,300
1400m GOOD

CHANDON GOLDEN ROSE STAKES (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. JACQUINOT (AUS) 3yo C
RUBICK (AUS) - PONTERRO (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
$6.50
56.5kg
S J Tuxen, Ms K N Cooper, L P Maxsted, N J Maxsted, P K Allen, Mrs C D Allen, G J Hayes, Ms H Hayes & G P I Racing (Mgr: G P Ingham)

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2nd 16. IN SECRET (AUS) 3yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - ELOPING (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$2.25
54.5kg
Godolphin

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3rd 13. ZOU TIGER (AUS) 3yo C
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - TIGRESS LILY (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
JOHN O'SHEA
$51.00
56.5kg
Finemore Thoroughbreds, Widden Stud Pty Ltd, Boeara Holdings, Mrs C A Richards, Miss E A Bertoli, D E Shaw, Team Berg, R J Miller, G M Carr, R Chattah, Mrs L A Rushton, T St James, Mrs N M Pitt & Mrs R A Miller

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4th 7. GOLDEN MILE (AUS) 3yo C
ASTERN (AUS) - CALAVERITE (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
JAMES CUMMINGS
$7.00
56.5kg
5th 14. FIREBURN (AUS) 3yo F
REBEL DANE (AUS) - MULL OVER (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
GARY PORTELLI
$11.00
54.5kg
6th 15. SHE'S EXTREME (AUS) 3yo F
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) - KEYSBROOK (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
ANTHONY CUMMINGS
$9.00
54.5kg

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7th 4. SEJARDAN (AUS) 3yo C
SEBRING (AUS) - MISS AMAJARDAN (AUS)
JASON COLLETT
GARY PORTELLI
$31.00
56.5kg

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8th 12. MILLANE (AUS) 3yo C
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - FIREWORKS (AUS)
LUKE NOLEN
PETER MOODY
$26.00
56.5kg

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9th 1. DAUMIER (AUS) 3yo C
EPAULETTE (AUS) - ILLUSTRATE (AUS)
MARK ZAHRA
A & S FREEDMAN
$61.00
56.5kg
10th 6. PROMITTO (AUS) 3yo C
DIVINE PROPHET (AUS) - LOHGAIRO (AUS)
JOSH PARR
DAVID ATKINS
$51.00
56.5kg
11th 9. SEBONACK (AUS) 3yo C
CAPITALIST (AUS) - PROFOUND WISDOM (AUS)
WILLIAM PIKE
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$61.00
56.5kg

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12th 17. PARIS DIOR (AUS) 3yo F
PIERRO (AUS) - ENTRANCING (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$21.00
55.0kg

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13th 8. BROSNAN (AUS) 3yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - SUPARA (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G RYAN & S ALEXIOU
$101.00
56.5kg

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STAR WITNESS (AUS) - FAST SHANTI (AUS)
REGAN BAYLISS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$26.00
56.5kg
15th 10. BASQUIAT (AUS) 3yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - BONNY O'REILLY (NZ)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
CHRIS WALLER
$81.00
56.5kg

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16th 5. POLITICAL DEBATE (AUS) 3yo C
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - NAKATAAN (NZ)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$81.00
56.5kg

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