Canterbury Start for Thousand Guineas Hope Racy

August 18, 2015

Canterbury Start for Thousand Guineas Hope Racy

This Wednesday at Canterbury’s midweek meeting the Gary Portelli-trained filly Racy will shoot for a win to earn a Melbourne trip this spring targeting the 2015 Thousand Guineas in October.

Sebring Sun

Sebring Sun runs in Sydney’s Up And Coming Stakes 2015 for trainer Gary Portelli this weekend at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

A three-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel, the Warwick Farm-based Racy is set to contest the day’s opener jumping from barrier eight of nine with Tommy Berry aboard in the $40,000 More Than Ready @ Vinery Handicap (1200m).

To date the up-and-comer has had six starts for just the one win when she made a successful debut at her home Warwick Farm track over 1000m in the mud defeating Look To The Stars by a length last December.

The form coming out of that race held with the Clarry Conners-trained runner-up Look To The Stars going on to win the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before a third behind Press Statement in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane during the winter.

Racy has had just the one black-type start to date and finished three lengths away seventh to Always Allison in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) in late February.

Her most recent run was a first-up fourth behind Eminent Duke over 900m in a Class 2 at Newcastle on August 8, a run Portelli is hoping she improves on this Wednesday when back up in distance.

Portelli said Racy needs to be winning a race like the BenchMark 67 for three-year-olds she is engaged in to earn tougher assignments this spring.

“I thought 900 metres would be nice for her first-up but we didn’t get the result we were after,” Portelli told AAP.

“She got run off her feet early and was no hope.

“I think the 1200 metres at Canterbury will suit better but she needs to relax.

“We know how much potential she has. She is a fantastic track worker and she needs to take that to the races.”

She is nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) over the mile on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 10, in Melbourne, but is far from a confirmed starter in the fillies’ classic.

Ante-post Thousand Guineas betting is open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au with Peter Moody’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Pasadena Girl ($7) leading the markets, while Racy is an $81 outsider.

Portelli is also looking forward to Saturday’s Royal Randwick meeting where he will saddle-up Sebring Sun in the $125,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m), his first run over further than 1200m.

“He’s still got improvement in him but the way he won at Randwick last time tells me he can run the distance,” Portelli said.

A winner of his past two Sydney starts on the trot including the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 8, the in-form Sebring colt tracks towards a run in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 12.

Get behind Racy and Sebring Sun this week and check out the futures odds on their respective Group 1 targets online now through Ladbrokes.com.au where by using the code SPRINGBONUS for a limited time only your first deposit will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 as a bonus bet!

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