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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 ...

Final Manikato for gallant Rebel Dane

Final Manikato for gallant Rebel Dane

Oct 20, 2016

When Rebel Dane walks out of Gary Portelli’s driveway for the final time, he knows he could be waving goodbye to a once-in-a-lifetime ride.While that moment is not expected to come until next year, the trainer and his Group One journeyman will bid a sad farewell to the Moonee ...

Well-bred mare resumes with easy victory

Well-bred mare resumes with easy victory

Oct 16, 2016

After two barrier trials, highlighted by a length and half win at Warwick Farm on September 23, well-bred Bel Esprit mare Bel Selene began her current campaign by heading to Newcastle on Saturday, October 15 for the final event of the eight-card meeting – the Marin Brower ...

You Smart Fox and Cosmic Rush head to Nowra

You Smart Fox and Cosmic Rush head to Nowra

Oct 04, 2016

Trainer Gary Portelli concedes the field-shy You Smart Fox needs a confidence boost and Cosmic Rush is better on a softer track but both can still provide the stable with a winning double at Nowra.You Smart Fox is resuming in the Carlton United Maiden (1200m) and Cosmic Rush ...

Bella Brakes Maiden With All The Way Win

Bella Brakes Maiden With All The Way Win

Sep 23, 2016

Three-year-old Exceed And Excel filly Bella Vino, a graduate of Perth’s Magic Millions had been in good form this time in but had just been unable to shed her maiden status - until now.Heading to Hawkesbury on Thursday, September 22, Bella Vino contested the third race of the ...

Portelli hopes Dane not anchored by weight

Portelli hopes Dane not anchored by weight

Sep 09, 2016

Rebel Dane is in good form and is as fit as he's ever been but his trainer admits as the horse gets older, the races get tougher.Gary Portelli is just hoping his class can get him an overdue win in Saturday's Group Two Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill in which the seven-year-old ...

No Better Time To Race In NSW

No Better Time To Race In NSW

Sep 06, 2016

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club today announced that as of 1 October 2016 the minimum prizemoney for Saturday metropolitan races will increase to $100,000 per race.“This increase headlines several prizemoney initiatives totaling almost $53 million annually which has ...

Rebel Dane still up for fight, says trainer Gary Portelli

Rebel Dane still up for fight, says trainer Gary Portelli

Aug 18, 2016

Gary Portelli has dismissed suggestions Rebel Dane has lost the will to win and has a simple message for his knockers — if you don’t like him, don’t back him.Rebel Dane’s critics resurfaced on social media when the sprinter was a beaten favourite first-up in the ...

Portelli lauds injured hoop in Testashadow win

Portelli lauds injured hoop in Testashadow win

Aug 13, 2016

Testashadow was steered to victory in the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club Spring Preview (1400m) by in-form apprentice Deanne Panya but Portelli was quick to acknowledge the contribution of Samantha Clenton, who is nearing a return to the saddle after suffering shoulder and ...

Rebel Dane new Missile Stakes favourite

Rebel Dane new Missile Stakes favourite

Aug 06, 2016

Gary Portelli knows he is saddling up the best horse in the Missile Stakes but admits he is clueless about tactics.The field for Saturday's Group Two 1200m-sprint has been reduced to five with the scratchings of Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and Group One-placed Generalife ...

Portelli Hopes Curse Rated Heavy

Portelli Hopes Curse Rated Heavy

Aug 05, 2016

Rival trainer Gary Portelli concedes only the “Golden Slipper curse” can beat Capitalist in Saturday’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.Portelli, who saddles up Group 1 winner Rebel Dane in the $175,000 feature, made the big admission on Thursday despite 24 ...

Rebel Dane to take the weight in Missile

Rebel Dane to take the weight in Missile

Aug 03, 2016

Rebel Dane is the highest-rated horse in the Group Two Missile Stakes but trainer Gary Portelli is under no illusions how tough the race will be.Mount Nebo was added to the nominations on Tuesday, bringing the number of entries to eight but Ramornie Handicap winner Smart ...

 	 Rebel Dane tackles rising star in Missile Stakes

Rebel Dane tackles rising star in Missile Stakes

Aug 03, 2016

One is a grand old stager trying to prove he’s still got it at the elite level and the other is the new kid on the block trying to prove he’s no one-hit wonder against his own age group.On Saturday at Randwick, Rebel Dane takes on Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the ...

Weight's A Worry For Mare

Weight's A Worry For Mare

Aug 02, 2016

There's a reason why Sizzling Gaze is skipping a grade in Tuesday’s Australian Bloodstock Handicap (1350m) at Cessnock.The daughter of Snitzel broke her maiden at the final run of her last preparation and then resumed with a strong win over 1300m at Goulburn in a class one ...

Rebel Ready For Missile

Rebel Ready For Missile

Aug 01, 2016

Rebel Dane is fighting fit ahead of his early season campaign with trainer Gary Portelli's main worry the presence of Capitalist in the Missile Stakes.Trainer Gary Portelli has Rebel Dane ready to go to the races but admits his early season targets will not be easy.New jockey ...

Portelli Racing Newsletter - July

Portelli Racing Newsletter - July

Jul 27, 2016

The July Edition of the Portelli Racing Newsletter is available to read.We take a look at our Magic Millions eligible Not A Single Doubt x Cheetara colt, the recent stakes victory of Straturbo, as well as the exciting season ahead, plus much more...To view the newsletter, click ...

Rebel set for Missile first up

Rebel set for Missile first up

Jul 26, 2016

Tommy Berry will ride Rebel Dane when he resumes in the Missile Stakes on Saturday week and trainer Gary Portelli is pleased the leading jockey was aboard in a barrier trial on Monday.Rebel Dane finished third in the trial behind Vashka and Majaska at Warwick Farm, settling off ...

Weather key to Warwick Farm: Portelli

Weather key to Warwick Farm: Portelli

Jul 19, 2016

Predicted rain in Sydney will shape Gary Portelli's week with the trainer juggling his options.Portelli is hoping to have four runners at his home track on Wednesday but if the rain arrives early that could be reduced to two, Cosmic Cameo (pictured) and Lot Three Four One who ...

Sebring Sun the shining light at lacklustre Rosehill barrier trials

Sebring Sun the shining light at lacklustre Rosehill barrier trials

Jun 14, 2016

Gary Portelli’s classy but equally enigmatic three-year-old SEBRING SUN added some star power to an otherwise lacklustre round of trials at Rosehill last Friday morning streaking away to an emphatic 3.5-lens.The Golden Rose placegetter and Rosebud winner has been out of sorts ...

Homebody Straturbo relishes trip away

Homebody Straturbo relishes trip away

Jun 09, 2016

Straturbo doesn't like being away from his home at Warwick Farm for too long.But his trainer Gary Portelli says the rising seven-year-old also doesn't mind a bit of travelling.Straturbo is set for another long float trip, this time to Melbourne, to contest the Jezabeel Handicap ...