RAY THOMAS, The Daily Telegraph
SECRET Lady showed she was on track for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic by beating older horses in a Warwick Farm barrier trial on Tuesday.
Trainer Gary Portelli’s brilliant filly held the inside rail and led throughout to edge out the handy Goldfinch with a gap of four lengths to their chasing rivals. “I was hoping to see her take a sit but she is just too fast,’’ Portelli enthused of Secret Lady, a last start winner at Rosehill last month.
“She is coming along nicely and actually pulled up a bit big after the trial. “But that is what I like about his filly, I can aim her at a race and not worry about her losing condition.
“My worry is I have to get it (condition) off her rather than worry about her losing too much. I can give her the work she needs to be right for a race, it is a great position to be in.’’ Portelli decided against running Secret Lady in Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions in preference to trialling her at Warwick Farm ahead of her final lead-up race at Randwick on December 30.
“The fortnight from the Randwick race into the Magic Millions is so much better for Secret Lady rather than having three weeks between runs, particularly with her being such a good doer.
“I think we are in a good spot with a good, classy filly.’’ Secret Lady will be resting in her box on Thursday when some of her main Magic Millions rivals clash in the $200,000 Wyong 2yo Magic Millions (1100m). The Wyong race has attracted eight starters including Jonkers, an impressive debut winner of the Max Lees Classic, Breeders Plate runner-up Bondi, speedy Adelaide filly La Pomme De Pin and boom first starters Terminology, Skyray and Ljungber