2015 Sweet Embrace Stakes Return for Racy

The Sweet Embrace Stakes 2015 in Sydney on Saturday week is scheduled for the returning run of Gary Portelli’s promising young filly Racy who is on the improve after a failed Magic Millions bid in Queensland last month.

Hugh Bowman

Top jockey Hugh Bowman has put his hand up to ride Racy in the 2015 Sweet Embrace Stakes Saturday week. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The two-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel won on debut at her home Warwick Farm track last December by a length before a third next start at Canterbury over 1200m.

That was enough to convince Portelli to run her in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on January 10.

Racy however could only manage to cross six lengths away 11th to the upset winner Le Chef after setting into 10th but failing to make up any ground despite the temp suiting the back markers that day.

Portelli originally planned to turn Racy out after that run but after assessing the Magic Millions and seeing how well she’d come through the luckless run they will press ahead with a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.

“She had no luck whatsoever (in the Magic Millions Classic),” Portelli told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday morning.

“She was stuck off the track, pushed around….but came through it really well.

“She’s a tough little bugger.”

She trialled on February 9 back at the Farm with Hugh Bowman aboard and finished fifth to Hinchin’ A Ride after getting caught back and wide but put under no pressure, Bowman pleased with the effort.

“Hugh Bowman rode her in a barrier trial recently and came off her really pleased,” Portelli said.

Portelli confirmed the $175,000 Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) on Chipping Norton Stakes Day at Warwick Farm on February 28 as her next assignment where Bowman is keen to stay on for the ride.

“He’s locked in to ride her there,” Portelli confirmed.

A good run there and she could then back-up in the $175,000 Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Coolmore Stud Classic Day, March 14 as connections chase some black type to add to her eventual value as a broodmare.

“She’s a really nice filly and I think in a race like that (the Sweet Embrace Stakes), and maybe the Magic Night Stakes a fortnight later, she could get a black type,” Portelli said.

“It is so important for the breeders to get a black type early with these two-year-old fillies.”

Racy is also still officially nominated for a run during the coveted two-meeting The Championships in the $1 million Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Doncaster Day, April 4.

Bookmakers around the country have Gai Waterhouse’s Canonbury Stakes winner Vancouver as the current $6 favourite in futures ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes odds.

Racy meanwhile is listed as a $51 roughie but is unlikely to run in the event.

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