Portelli mare fancied to Reign supreme
Trainer Gary Portelli says he cannot wait to get She Will Reign back on the racetrack and says Saturday's Inglis Sprint (1100m) at Warwick Farm should be a walk in the park.
The Golden Slipper heroine will take her first steps towards securing a place in the The Everest this weekend, in her first hit out since finishing back in the field in the inaugural running of the $10million race back in October.
Portelli is highly confident heading into the race and believes She Will Reign will be back to her best.
"It is a huge drop back in grade for her on paper and realistically it should just be an easy gallop," Portelli said.
"After The Everest she came back coughing profusely - she wasn't a happy horse for a long time after it but I can't fault her at the moment.
"Realistically on form and at the weights you couldn't see her getting beaten but it is a race and if something happens to go wrong during the race or if someone blocks her well that's out of our hands but she's there to win and there are no excuse that I know of to stop her.
"It is very exciting to get her back on the track and hopefully get her on her winning way."
Portelli's immediate plan is to head south in search of more Group 1 glory but his long term goal is conquering The Everest, for which she is 999/1 to win.
"She'll definitely go to the Oakleigh Plate in two weeks time if everything goes to plan," Portelli said.
"There might be another race at the Valley, the William Reid and then maybe the TJ Smith - that might be the four runs for this campaign but then we will bring her back as a four-year-old and have a crack at The Everest again."
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