Latest News from Portelli Racing

"Some will slip through the cracks"

Dec 15, 2016

A New Year’s resolution.Two weeks out from 2017 it’s time to start thinking about it. But what could it be?And then Gary Portelli bobbed up with this beauty.“Do your homework and buy into a two-year-old,” he said.“All round the yearling sales coming next year are going ...

Lady luck smiling on Ben Melham

Lady luck smiling on Ben Melham

Dec 14, 2016

Talent and hard work are two key ingredients required for a jockey to be granted opportunities at the elite level.But sometimes those factors play second fiddle to a slice of good fortune and in the instance of Ben Melham, he is clearly getting his serving at the moment.Melham ...

T J Smith Stakes Autumn Target for Rebel Dane

T J Smith Stakes Autumn Target for Rebel Dane

Dec 14, 2016

Trainer Gary Portelli already has his sights set on the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 1 for Rebel Dane after the veteran sprinter was well beaten in the Group 1 HK$18.5m Longines Hong Kong Sprint 1200m at Sha Tin last Sunday. Rebel Dane, ...

Will she Reign in the Nursery?

Will she Reign in the Nursery?

Dec 10, 2016

She Will Reign will back up in Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Nursery after producing arguably the best 2YO performance of the season in winning on debut at Kembla Grange today.She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain x Courgette) blitzed her rivals by eight-and-a-quarter lengths in a ...

Another Classic Star Filly For Darby?

Another Classic Star Filly For Darby?

Dec 10, 2016

Featured in a Juvenile Trial Watch story on Breednet when she won her only previous trial at Rosehill on November 22 by five lengths, the Gary Portelli trained filly was a hot favourite for the 1000 metre juvenile maiden.The daughter of Manhattan Rain did everything right and ...

Pigeons or horses? Portelli is just flying

Pigeons or horses? Portelli is just flying

Dec 08, 2016

This may be the week of the turf world championships at Sha Tin and Rebel Dane’s tilt at a third Group One win in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint but, for his Australian trainer Gary Portelli, it’s also a visit to a part of the world embracing his second passion – racing ...

Sebring Express Targets Inglis Classic

Sebring Express Targets Inglis Classic

Dec 08, 2016

While Gary Portelli's trip to Hong Kong is already a dream come true, his week has got even better with promising two-year-old Sebring Express stamping her credentials for the Inglis Nursery.The filly scored an impressive victory at Wyong prompting Portelli, who is in Hong Kong ...

Success For Sebring Express

Success For Sebring Express

Dec 07, 2016

The juvenile maiden at Wyong on Wednesday was expected to be an easy target for the Waterhouse and Bott stable runner Maddonica, but the Sebring Express had other ideas.The Gary Portell- trained filly was third on debut at Kembla last month and took good improvement from that ...

Rebel Dane right for another upset win in Hong Kong Sprint

Rebel Dane right for another upset win in Hong Kong Sprint

Dec 06, 2016

Last start Manikato Stakes winner Rebel Dane has arrived safely in Hong Kong looking for another upset win in the Group 1 HK$18.5m Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Gary Portelli trained Rebel Dane scored his second Group 1 win when Ben Melham drove the ...

Gary Portelli has Rebel Dane fresh for Hong Kong International Sprint

Gary Portelli has Rebel Dane fresh for Hong Kong International Sprint

Dec 05, 2016

All the work has already been done with Rebel Dane for next Sunday's Hong Kong International Sprint, with trainer Gary Portelli wanting him to be fresh when he takes on the world at Sha Tin.Rebel Dane wins the Manikato Stakes and is using a similar preparation for Hong Kong. ...

Falconic books Magic Millions spot

Falconic books Magic Millions spot

Dec 04, 2016

Falconic booked his place in the field for the Gold Coast feature with an impressive win at Rosehill, while Houtzen made a stunning start to her racetrack career and will now also chase a berth in the rich event.Gary Portelli enjoyed a great deal of relief when he saddled ...

Rebel Dane's Leavin' On A Jet Plane...

Rebel Dane's Leavin' On A Jet Plane...

Dec 04, 2016

After weeks of keeping the stable Champ ticking over since his impressive victory in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, dual Group 1 winner Rebel Dane set off on Sunday on his journey to Hong Kong for the HK$18million Group 1 International Sprint (1200m) on Sunday ...

New talent emerges for HK-bound Portelli

New talent emerges for HK-bound Portelli

Dec 01, 2016

With veteran sprinter Rebel Dane Horseform grabbing headlines, trainer Gary Portelli has received a boost with the Gerry Harvey-owned Improvement emerging as a promising new talent for the stable.Sent out the $3.10 favourite, the three-year-old filly foreshadowed her potential ...

Straturbo returns to Valley for third time

Straturbo returns to Valley for third time

Nov 25, 2016

The path towards the Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast begins in a familiar place for Sydney sprinter Straturbo who makes his return at Moonee Valley.Straturbo is in Melbourne for Saturday’s Montmorency FC Handicap which will be the third year in a row the gelding has ...

Statement in Relation to G1X Article

Statement in Relation to G1X Article

Nov 25, 2016

I refer to an article on G1X Racing which was placed on social media yesterday (November 25, 2016) under the heading " Another One Saved from the Knackery." In that article, my name (Gary Portelli) was linked to a horse which raced under the name Man Cave. A simple search would ...

“I can’t say I’ve been more excited”

“I can’t say I’ve been more excited”

Nov 22, 2016

Thirty-five degree heat on no breakfast and he’s been up since 3am. And yet Gary Portelli’s still choc-full of energy.“I can’t say I’ve been more excited,” he tells G1X.com.au.His enthusiasm is due to a nearing Hong Kong trip with Rebel Dane, but also because of a ...

Rebel Dane primed for next adventure

Rebel Dane primed for next adventure

Nov 21, 2016

Rebel Dane is breathing a lot easier these days and so is his trainer.Gary Portelli credits a successful throat operation and a change in his training methods with getting the horse back to Group One winning form which he hopes he can transfer to the big stage in Hong Kong.Rebel ...

Portelli Racing Heads To Hawkesbury

Portelli Racing Heads To Hawkesbury

Nov 18, 2016

Hong Kong-bound Gary Portelli can earn some spending money on Friday with the real prospect of a race-to-race double at the twilight Hawkesbury meeting.The popular Warwick Farm trainer will be at Sha Tin next month with multiple Group 1 winner Rebel Dane representing Australia ...

Comedy, Cameo make Portelli a winner

Comedy, Cameo make Portelli a winner

Nov 16, 2016

Yet another zinger from Gary Portelli. This time about where to next for Cosmic Cameo.“Hopefully there’s a million dollar race over the 1000m here at Warwick Farm,” Portelli joked.Cosmic Cameo won his second straight over the 1000m at the Farm, with James Innes Jnr again ...

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Nov 11, 2016

The November Edition of the Portelli Racing Newsletter is available to read. We take a look at the exciting victory of Rebel Dane in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes as well as his upcoming trip to Hong Kong for the Group 1 International Sprint in December, plus much, much more...To ...

From the bakery to the Hong Kong International Races

From the bakery to the Hong Kong International Races

Nov 10, 2016

Gary Portelli, some 25 years ago, was dreaming of training racehorses in the ‘big smoke’ as he worked the nightshift, making pies at a bakery in Orange, a country town 254 kilometres west of the New South Wales state capital, Sydney. That dream became a reality in 1996 ...

Three from last four for Bella Vino

Three from last four for Bella Vino

Nov 02, 2016

No day at Kembla Grange has an atmosphere quite like that of Melbourne Cup day but while the 5500 strong crowd are a welcome addition in the eyes of Deanne Panya, she tries not to take too much notice the moment she jumps in the saddle."It's a good crowd but I don't really pay ...

Rebel Dane in Manikato upset

Rebel Dane in Manikato upset

Oct 22, 2016

Rebel Dane last night caused a major upset in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley which signalled the end of the spring for Chautauqua and the end of the road for Buffering.Trained by Gary Portelli at Warwick Farm, Rebel Dane won the 2013 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and had ...

Rebel Dane causes Manikato boilover

Rebel Dane causes Manikato boilover

Oct 21, 2016

The Gary Portelli-trained seven-year-old entire had been forgotten by the punters, having had 17 winless starts at the top level since he reigned supreme in the 2013 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. But given a rails-hugging ride by Ben Melham, Rebel Dane held out who might be his ...