Name: Miss Meteor
Sire: Northern Meteor
Dam: Single Bell (Retired)
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 12/9/2010
FILLY BY NORTHERN METEOR (EX SINGLE BELL BY LAST TYCOON)
This filly is out of the proven producer, Single Bell (by Last Tycoon) a brown mare and a half-sister to the stakes winning Touch Of Sun (by Snippets) and Millie (by Marscay).
Single Bell in turn is out of the Group 2 STC Reisling Slipper Trial Stakes winner and Group 1 AJC Oaks runner-up, Sunshine Sally (by Cheraw) a sister to Jack Attack, winner of the Listed Hawkesbury Cup, and a three-quarter sister to Penghulu (by Belele), winner of the MRC Group 1 Toorak Handicap.
When Brett Warren examined this filly earlier this year he noted that the filly was well balanced with fine/medium bone with lots of girth and forearm that will develop into an athletic type.
By young sire, Northern Meteor that earned a career high rating of 104 after his dashing half-length victory in the Coolmore Stakes (registered name: Ascot Vale) when trained by Gai Waterhouse.
Covering a book of 198 mares during his first season at stud that was followed by another book of 156 mares in 2010 and 108 in 2011 Northern Meteor has received solid support from breeders.
Northern Meteor hails from a family whose luminaries include Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King, who just happens to be the sire of Encosta de Lago. For those that are not breeding buffs this double-up gives the young stallion a cross of a family matriarch Rough Shod, in the sixth-generation on the female side of his pedigree via daughters Thong and Moccasin.
NOT ENOUGH? The racetrack performances of Northern Meteor highlight his speed and owned a sprinters physique and importantly he possessed courage which many witnessed when during his classic year he matched strides with Takeover Target in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes, down the Randwick straight. The race was Takeover Target’s final appearance at the course. He ran a race record of 1:09.09 to defeat Northern Meteor by 2-3/4 lengths. Behind Northern Meteor in third was another outstanding sprinter, Apache Cat, another three-lengths away.
The syndicate will be managed by Adrian Allan from Elite Thoroughbreds.
Gary Portelli, trainer of the Group 1 winning Rena’s Lady and Gold Trail, wound out last season as one of Sydney’s top-twenty premier trainers, with stable earnings of $790,240.
Portelli and his brother Troy, decided to take their winning formula to Melbourne and set up a satellite stable at Flemington in 2004. This strategy has worked for the Portelli brothers as both men want to ensure every horse gets the attention they deserve on and off the track.
It also allows Portelli Racing to place the horse to advantage with their two state option.
Portelli Racing is committed to striving for excellence, as, they are determined to continue to build the stable in a manner as their mother did. The Portelli brothers’ mother held her own licence in the 1980’s, when, Gary spent his youth riding track work and breaking in horses and Gary took over training duties from her in 1990.
Troy holds the same passion for the sport and works very closely with Gary and runs the stable in Victoria. Together, they make a winning team.