Gary Portelli has Single Bullet loaded and ready to go in Roman Consul Stakes

Oct 06, 2017

Gary Portelli had two runners in this year's Golden Slipper. One you might have heard of, the winner She Will Reign, but the other was Single Bullet and was never that far behind the star filly.

He didn't handle the wet track on Slipper day or in the Sires Produce Stakes but Portelli has always rated him highly.

"At the start of the year I didn't have much between them and it was going to come down to how they developed," Portelli said. "Obviously She Will Reign has become a star but this bloke is still a very good horse. Don't forget he won a Pago Pago Stakes."

Portelli is hoping that Single Bullet will take the next step to the top level in coming months and believes Saturday's Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick could be a springboard to the group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington next month.

"He has a good page [of breeding] behind him and has always shown ability but he just hasn't got the attention of the filly," Portelli said. "You would like to get a horse like him every year.

"He is probably still maturing and still looks a bit foaly to me but he is still very competitive against the best around.

"Being a colt that group 1 is a big lure because of his pedigree and he gets the chance to show he is up to it on Saturday."

Single Bullet actually edged She Will Reign in his first barrier trial this time in before having little luck from barrier one when runner-up to the unbeaten Viridine in the Heritage Stakes on his racing return three weeks ago. Although he was beaten 1¼ lengths, Portelli is confident with a 1½-kilogram weight turnaround he can turn the tables on Saturday.

"He just had no luck in that race and if he got the breaks at the right times I'm sure he would have stretched the winner," Portelli said.

"He goes from the inside barrier, which was no help last time, to the outside [gate] on Saturday, so he won't have the traffic problems he had in the Heritage."

Tye Angland will again be a crucial part of Single Bullet's raceday as the Not A Single Doubt colt can be a "a bit of lad".

"Having Tye, who is horseman, on him makes a lot of difference with a horse like him," Portelli said. "He always seems to be one step ahead of him and ready for him if he tries something.

"He will have to ride where he is comfortable and hopefully we will see [Single Bullet] let down like we know he can."

Meanwhile, She Will Reign continues her preparation towards the Everest and has taken great benefit from her Moir Stakes win last Friday.

"She has put eight kilos back on and has tightened in terms of fitness," Portelli said. "She just looks great and we just have to keep her ticking over.

"Corey Brown is coming out every morning to ride her and he left impressed from what he felt the other day. She will have her main gallop with him on her on Tuesday."

Chris Roots - Sydney Morning Herald - 05/10/17