Fire ready to burn with another victory
Coach Gary Portelli is likely to separate his team-mates Fireburn and Vaderzan as he looks to continue his team’s success in Sydney’s two-year-old races this season when Randwick meets Kensington on Saturday.
Portelli accepted with the two youngsters but only Fireburn is a permanent holder in the Ranvet Handicap (1150m).
Fireburn gave Portelli a third individual two-year-old winner for the season when she finished too strong for Uncorked at Royal Randwick two weeks ago.
Coach Gary Portelli is looking for another two-year win for the season with Fireburn at Kensington. Image: Getty Images
But the depth of Kensington’s opening means Fireburn is valued at $ 9 behind Secret Revolution at $ 3.10.
Portelli described Fireburn as a “promising filly on an upward spiral”.
âI think she’s been coming in since her win,â Portelli said.
âIf she’s lucky to run, with a light weight on her back, she’ll be at the finish again. “
Portelli chose to use Tyler Schiller’s 3kg claim to reduce Fireburn’s handicap to just 54kg.
The concern for Portelli is how the Kensington track will âplayâ on Saturday.
“It could be that the first three around the corner will be the first three to come home early in the day, you just don’t know that,” said the Warwick Farm-based coach.
“If she can jump well, hopefully we can sort out the midfield and we know she’ll hit the line well.”
Portelli said Saturday’s race will determine Fireburn’s immediate future.
“We are at a crossroads with this filly,” said Portelli.
âShe could be a Blue Diamond filly. If she wins again, we might try to get a black guy with her in the preparations.
âBut the other option is to take her out for a good spell and bring her back for the filly races in the spring. I think she’ll go pretty much further.
Tyler Schiller will team up with Fireburn and Rebel Shadow for coach Gary Portelli Photo: Getty Images
Portelli, a two-year-old master coach, has said first starter Vaderzan could be saved for Canterbury next week.
Vaderzan hails from the former Invader topliner and is the first offspring of Lipizzan, the former Sebring Portelli mare trained to win two-year-old urban races.
A $ 130,000 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale graduate, Vaderzan impressed by winning a recent Warwick Farm gate trial.
âI loved him like a yearling, he was an aggressive little horse so we gelding him,â said Portelli.
âHe had so much left in his race and he wants to put his head in front of the other horses.
âThere is no doubt that he has gears; it has a good engine but we could save it for Canterbury next week.
Portelli also provided an update on the brilliant two-year-old Sejardan, who won the Breeders Plate and Golden Gift in his only spring starts.
Sejardan, the second favorite at $ 9 behind Coolangatta at $ 4.50 for the $ 5 million Golden Slipper next March, is back in three quarters in training, Portelli said.
“He worked the 1000m (Thursday) morning and is doing well, he loves life,” said the coach.
âThe plan is to try Sejardan on January 20 and then he will resume in the (Inglis) millennium. He’ll only have one try, that’s all we needed to get into the Breeders Plate.
The exciting foal Sejardan (white and red cap) is expected to resume in the millennium of Inglis. Image: Getty Images
Portelli said Sejardan will likely go straight to the Todman Stakes and then the Golden Slipper before eventually training for the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
The three-year-old Rebel Shadow completes Portelli’s roster at Kensington when he tackles the Petaluma Handicap (1300m).
Rebel Shadow and Fireburn are both created by Rebel Dane, the former top sprinter Portelli trained to win Group 1 races in the Rupert Clarke Stakes and Manikato Stakes, winning over $ 2.4 million in prizes.
Rebel Dane’s oldest offspring is three years old and the Portelli stable carry the flag of the Victorian stallion.
With the Kensington track in the soft range on Thursday night, Portelli is hoping the track will have a bit of a ‘give’ on Saturday after Rebel Shadow ran without getting on a good track behind Too Much Lippy at Warwick Farm on the final outing. .
On his previous start, Rebel Shadow drove home to win in Canterbury on a very heavy track surface.
“The track was too firm for him with 60 kg on his back on the last start,” said the coach.
âSo we put blinders on him because he can be a bit of a grinder. Hopefully we’ll have a trail for you to get home on. “
Rebel Shadow, which drops to 53.5kg after Tyler Schiller’s claim, is at $ 23 in a three-year open sprint behind tied favorites Kir Royale and Kanazawa at $ 5.50.