Gary Portelli has his classy colt Sejardan in fine fettle to bring up the hat-trick in the Inglis Millennium at Randwick on Saturday.
Gary Portelli, renowned as a master trainer of two-year-olds, has Sejardan primed for his return to racing in the $2 million Inglis Millennium (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Sejardan, unbeaten winner of the Breeders’ Plate and Golden Gift last spring, has been given one barrier trial two weeks ago, an exhibition gallop between races last Saturday and a midweek workout to ready him for the Inglis Millennium.
“Collett (Jason, jockey) came over to ride Sejardan on Wednesday morning (Warwick Farm) trackwork with the colt going three-quarter pace,” Portelli said.
“He said the colt felt fine, he was very happy with him.”
Sejardan is the easing $3.70 for the rich two-year-old race after drawing barrier nine in the capacity 16-horse field for the rich two-year-old race.
Portelli, who prepared She Will Reign to win the 2017 Golden Slipper, has a big opinion of Sejardan’s emerging potential.
“From his barrier, I think it is a matter of getting the colt balanced and when they straighten up hope we have some horse left,” Portelli said. “He has shown in his two starts that he will be strong to the line.”
Portelli also has Vaderzan ($51) entered for the Inglis Millennium, deciding to scratch the gelding from the Kensington meeting on Wednesday to give his owners the opportunity to compete for the huge prizemoney on Saturday.
The Randwick track conditions – the course proper was rated a soft 5 late on Thursday – will determine whether Portelli’s other Saturday entries, Sky Command, Arctic Thunder and Royalzel contest their respective races.
Portelli has already scratched speedy Capital Reign from the Ranvet Sprint (1000m) but still has promising filly Sky Command in that race.
“I’m not that worried about the track rating for Sky Command,” he explained.
“She did a good job to win last start (at Canterbury), she will have only 52kg on her back and will be hard to beat.
“But for Arctic Thunder (Davali Thoroughbreds Cup, 1600m) and Royalzel (Eskimo Prince Stakes, 1200m) I would need a soft track for them.”
Originally published as Sejardan is on song to maintain his unbeaten record in $2 million Randwick feature