Reign She Does

Sep 30, 2017

There is no drama like Group 1 drama, and so it went that Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign came from well back in the field to pinch the Group 1 Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes (1000m) from SA sprinter

Following a bobbing go on the line, connections of the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Viddora thought they had it won and celebrated accordingly, only to learn they had been beaten a lip in a stunning return by the champion filly.

Nonetheless, Viddora's owners applauded Joe Bowditch on return to scale for the bravest of G1 defeats, and mere inches away, trainer Gary Portelli was tearing up after another success at the top level with the Darby Racing-owned star.

Portelli was ecstatic She Will Reign had lived up to expectation, as she now heads towards The Everest - the inaugural $10million race at Randwick - on October 14.

"I've got to learn to get away from these guys on raceday - it's quite dangerous!" Portelli joked after being flanked by owners following the reveal of the photo finish.

"We were hopeful she was the real deal, and she's proved it tonight, that was an amazing run.

"I'm thinking [in the run] let's just look after her, and make sure there's something left in a couple of weeks time, and he [Kerrin McEvoy] gave her a click-up at the 600m, and she went to that gear we know she's got.

"I didn't think she'd won, but she knows how to win, another Group 1, and this [The Everest] is going to be a lovely race in a fortnight's time."

He added: "I underestimated her myself.

"I said to the owners, 'Be prepared, this is first grade tonight. It's a lot more difficult than usual'.

"She's done the job."

In what now appears as the most telling of stewards' updates, She Will Reign's jockey Kerrin McEvoy declared he could make the weight at 50kg on Friday night - having earlier got permission to ride 0.5kg over the allocated weight.

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