Villiers Stakes hope Testashadow keeps getting under Gary Portelli's guard

Dec 11, 2017

Golden Slipper-winning trainer Gary Portelli admits Testashadow has always been a horse to have surprised him and hopes for another shock in Saturday's Villiers Stakes at Randwick.

The six-year-old was a $20 winner in the Festival Stakes, getting the better of Mister Sea Wolf and Red Excitement in a blanket finish for his eighth victory of a 37-start career a fortnight ago, and is again expected to be a double-figured quote for the Villiers.

"He has been one of those [horses] that has just kept stepping up, often when you don't think he will," Portelli said.

"Last year I took six to the Magic Millions and he would have been the bottom of my list to be a winner there but he got the job done.

"It was the same in the Festival. I thought he would run a good race but it was hard to have him a wining chance.

"He is a good horse, you don't win a $1 million by fluke and I might underestimate him."

Portelli understands the Villiers Stakes has developed into a good horses race in the past couple of years, carrying an exemption from the ballot for the Doncaster Mile during The Championships. The past two winners, Happy Clapper and Sense Of Occasion, have gone on to be group 1 winners.

Chris Roots - Sydney Morning Herald - 10/12/2017