Golden Slipper winning trainer Gary Portelli has more than twice as many two-year-olds on his books this season than last, but admits there are no She Will Reigns among them, although Secret Lady is showing the right signs.
The Choisir filly bought out of the Magic Millions Sale in Perth, debuted with a game second to Godolphin's Dynamited two weeks ago and returns to Rosehill again for Saturday's Golden Gift to take on another boom colt from the blue army in Plague Stone.
"I wish these horses that aren't trying to get in the Magic Millions would go away," Portelli joked. "We ran into a pretty colt first-up from Godolphin and there are certainly a lot of raps on this one as well."
Not that the Portelli-trained Secret Lady doesn't have her share of talent.
"She is pretty good. I would say she is definitely a Magic Millions and Golden Slipper type of horse," Portelli said. "Now I have had that Slipper winner I know there is a big difference than being good enough to be a runner and be a winner.
"Secret Lady isn't in the She Will Reign class but she is above average and this will show us if we head to the Millions or wait for the Slipper.
"She is a good doer and probably took a lot of benefit from that first run and she worked with an older horse, that is a good trackworker, on Tuesday and finished over the top of him.
"That is usually a good gauge to a two-year-old being above average."
Secret Lady is still a $4.60 chance for the Golden Gift with the money flowing for the impressive Plague Stone to have him a $1.80 favourite at Sportsbet.
She is one of the many two-year-olds to find their way to Portelli's Warwick Farm stable this season.
"I only had 15 last year and I have 40 this time and there are some nice ones among them," Portelli said.
He puts the extra numbers down to his great season last term, which delivered the opportunity of Secret Lady, which is a ladies syndicate in partnership with Aquis.
"It was funny I actually had most of my babies before She Will Reign won the Golden Slipper and this was one of them," Portelli said. "It more happened because I had a really good season and people were approaching us with horses.
"We got this filly over in Perth and it was Aquis and Julian Blaxland that came to me and said they want to do something together.
"We both liked Secret Lady and wanted to buy her and it worked out well because she went for $150,000, which was the top of my budget.
"She has lived up to what we thought of her and it would be good to get a win, which would secure her in the Magic Millions, because being a ladies syndicate horse she races for the $500,000 bonus."