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Horse Detail

Name: Sizzling Gaze

Gender: Filly

Sire: Snitzel

Dam: Cloudygaze

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Foal Date: 28/8/2012



Elite Thoroughbreds deliberately set out to look at this filly at the Magic Millions sale earlier in 2014 after purchasing Undoubtable some 12-months earlier.

Cloudygaze (by Intergaze), retired a winner of five races with two of those wins recorded in the metropolitan area over distances from 1200m to 1400m.

This filly is by Snitzel, the sire of last years’ MVRC’s Group 1 WS Cox Plate hero, Shamus Award (ex Sunset Express) and the VRC’s Group 1 Lightning Stakes winner, Snitzerland (ex Monte Rosa).

Snitzel’s reputation continues to grow as his stock reveal their soundness and resilience a trait that appealed to Elite Thoroughbreds.

NOT ENOUGH? The dam of this filly, Cloudygaze banked connections $120,540.00 from a 46- race-start career that included 13 placings ensuring connections had plenty of thrills.

Out of Cloudcrest (by Pillaster), a winner of two races, and a half-sister to the Zephyr Zipduo of Zephyrz (ex Cloudway), winner of the Group 3 Newcastle Classic, the RestrictedListed Magic Millions Classic and the Listed Gosford Slipper winner, Cloudlet.

Cloudygaze has since produced a second filly from the 2012 covering to Not A Single Doubt and in 2013, Cloudygaze was covered by the AJC Australian Derby hero, Starcraft(by Soviet Star).

The fillies career and syndicate will be managed by Adrain Allan from Elite Thoroughbreds.

Trainer Detail

Gary Portelli is a trainer with the philosophy to back the skills that have made him a million-dollar-a-year, Group One trainer.

“We pride ourselves on a staff that care for our horses,” Portelli says.

“Our stable philosophy is that results are achieved from a combined effort. We ensure not only our horses are cared for but also our staff and owners.”

Portelli’s background in racing equipped him well to run a successful stable in one of the world’s most competitive racing jurisdictions. His grandfather was a jockey, his mother a trainer and almost from the time he could walk, he could ride.

When he took over his mother’s licence in 1990, and then moved from Orange in the NSW central west to Warwick Farm, he began learning about running a racing business – and his record suggests he learned well.

Portelli’s first Group One winner came in 2007 with the success of Rena’s Lady in the AJC Oaks, a second elite win was delivered by Gold Trail in 2010 in New Zealand’s premier sprint, the Group One Railway Stakes at Ellerslie and his most recent was delivered by Rebel Dane in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes at Caulfield.

One of the measures of Portelli’s abilities is his success in training for syndicates.
His association with Elite Thoroughbreds has resulted a steady flow of winners, including I’m All The Talk, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Stratacus, Seeking Asylum, Encostology and Sebring Sun.

Another example of his ability to set a horse for a race and pull it off on the day came at the 2015 Magic Millions race meeting, one of the most competitive racedays on the Queensland calendar, when he saddled-up the Elite Thoroughbreds owned duo of Straturbo to win the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) and Testashadow to finish second in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).

As his career has progressed, Portelli has consistently produced impressive returns for his owners.

In the 2012-13 season his runners returned earnings of $1.2 million. The following season they collected $1.86 million and by the halfway mark of the 2014-15 racing year they are nudging the $1 million mark.

Portelli happily shares whatever credit comes his way.

“I am a great believer in a team environment as far as my stable staff is concerned. It may be my name printed as trainer but it is having a great team that helps get the best out of each and every horse,” Portelli says.