GARY PORTELLI turned newsbreaker, tweeting a picture of Warwick Farm’s new Pro-Ride track yesterday, but it will be back to his paid job training horses when Trent’s Quest steps out in the Breeders Plate at Randwick today. Warwick Farm trainers were quick to make use of the track on the morning it opened and instead of just two of Darley’s horses, there was a raft of takers to use the surface. ”I got Gold Trail out before the Darley pair and then everyone was sending horses out on it. It was like a flood,” Portelli said. ”They have done a great job with it because it is so deep. Riders were coming back and saying it is like riding on a cloud. It wasn’t heavy or spongy and will make a huge difference to all of us here at Warwick Farm.” Portelli will have a couple of runners on Super Saturday, Somepin Anypin drops back in weight as he runs in the Epsom. ”He has been running good races, but at weight-for-age he doesn’t get any weight pull,” he said. ”He’s down on the limit [of 52 kilograms] and probably won’t know himself in the Epsom. He will give them something to catch.” However, Portelli is more bullish about the chances of Trent’s Quest causing a shock as the juvenile season gets under way. The wayward youngster has the benefit of blinkers, which he wore when second to Havana in his only barrier trial. ”He was a bit of a feral bugger to break in and has had the blinkers on from day one,” Portelli said. ”If he didn’t have them he would probably spin around and try to get rid of the rider. He has been the surprise of our two-year-olds, he just has done everything right.”LIGHT BELIEF
John O’Shea can make a great case for Lightinthenite winning the Epsom but barrier one is the fly in the ointment. ”He is flying,” O’Shea said of his charge which, as a backmarker, would have preferred a wider gate. ”He only got out at the 100m in the Cameron [Handicap] and just failed to run down Rolling Pin, which came out and beat the Epsom favourite [Fat Al] last week. He is ready to run the race of his life but the barrier worries me.” O’Shea has no such problems with his other runner, Gangster’s Choice. ”He will get the peach run and never runs a bad race,” O’Shea said. ”This kid [Jason] Collett is a great rider and I can see him looming up at some time in the straight.”MOODY SEES END
The clock is ticking on Peter Moody’s lifetime ambition to win a spring major after he yesterday declared that he would no longer be a public trainer in four or five years’ time. Speaking at a luncheon in Melbourne, Moody said it had always been his plan to scale back his training operation when his now-teenage children had left school. ”That is when I will cease being a public trainer. That’s my plan of attack at this stage,” he said. The trainer said he would like to promote from inside his stable, electing either his assistant trainer Tony Haydon and Tom Brideoake to take over the reins. ‘The time frame for such a move is three to four years, I will be sick of getting out of bed at 3am by then,” he said. Former Italian stayer Voila Ici is one of the favourites for today’s Turnbull Stakes and if successful could become favourite for the Caulfield Cup. However, Moody fancies Lights Of Heaven. ”I think she is the best chance of holding off the imports in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”
with Andrew Eddy
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