Speedy colt All The Talk announced himself as a 2013 Golden Slipper contender at Warwick Farm today, producing a dominant start-to-finish victory in the Group 3 2013 Skyline Stakes (1200m).
After running fourth in the Silver Slipper in heavy conditions, the Gary Portelli-trained youngster relished being back on top of the ground on a Good 3 surface.
With Brenton Avdulla in the saddle he held a narrow lead approaching the home turn before kicking clear and powering home to claim a three length victory from Queenslander Octane Flyer and Gerald Ryan’s colt Dothraki.
Portelli confirmed the son of Stratum will now head to the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill on April 6.
“It’s unbelieveable, I’m so happy for the owners,” Portelli said.
“I thought come the turn, a couple of horses had a dig at them early, I thought well this will be interesting.
“My plan was probably to be out by two or three lengths but he found plenty. I’m not saying his a good thing in the Slipper but they’ll know he’s in there.”
Avdulla was aboard the emerging galloper for the first time and was impressed with what was a mature performance.
“It was my first ride on him he gave me a good ride,” Avdulla said.
“Half way up the straight I was basically in a world of my own. He switched off for me but he ran through the line well.”
“I haven’t ridden a Slipper. If he’s Slipper quality we’ll find out soon enough but all you can do is win and he won well today.”
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Skyline Stakes 2013 – Results
|1||3||ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||–||7||55.5kg||$4.80|
|2||6||OCTANE FLYER||Kelly Schweida||Tommy Berry||3.5L||1||55.5kg||$26|
|3||5||DOTHRAKI||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||4.3L||2||55.5kg||$9|
|4||2||FUERZA||Bjorn Baker||James McDonald||5.2L||4||55.5kg||$4.40|
|5||4||GOOD JOB BRO||John Sargent||Hugh Bowman||7.1L||8||55.5kg||$2.70F|
|6||9||MAHICAN||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||7.4L||9||55.5kg||$14|
|7||7||CITATIONS||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9.4L||6||55.5kg||$14|
|8||8||KIROV||Tim Martin||Corey Brown||9.9L||3||55.5kg||$91|
|9||1||REGIMENTAL PRIDE||David Payne||Nathan Berry||10.1L||5||55.5kg||$51|