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Horse Detail

Name: Seeking Asylum

Gender: Mare

Sire: Sebring

Dam: Asylum Seeker

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Foal Date: 15/9/2012



This filly is by the 2008 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, Sebring a known source of tough performers. Sebring, won the Group 1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and just failed to win the third race in New South Wales’ Autumn Triple Crown, the Champagne Stakes.

Sebring’s oldest progeny are three-years-old and from the horses first crop of foals statistics reveal 66 individual winners from 114 runners (as of July 2nd). Of those winners six are stakes winners and 10 are stakes placegetters. Three of them have won group races and include the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby and Rosehill Guineas winner, Criterion (ex Mica’s Pride by Bite the Bullet). The Group 1 Randwick Guineas and Group 2 Hobartville Stakes winner, Dissident (ex Diana’s Secret by Anabaa) and the Group 3 MRC Quezette Stakes winner, Kiss A Rose (ex Hurl by Redoute’s Choice).

Sebring descends from a female family that has produced Baguette (by Rego) a winner of the Golden Slipper and Sires’ Produce Stakes. Baguette sired 20 stakes winners’ and among them is the 1980 Golden Slipper winner, Dark Eclipse (ex Marjoram).

For good measure, Sebring’s dam Purespeed is by a Golden Slipper winner, Flying Spur and the horses grandam Lady Moulin is by another Golden Slipper winner, Luskin Star.

NOT ENOUGH? Adrian Allan from Elite Thoroughbreds was impressed with this fillies easy stride and being out of a top performing South African juvenile in Asylum Seeker. It’s no wonder she came under notice by Allan.

Asylum Seeker, won the Durban Group 1 Golden Slipper and the Group 2 Fillies Nursery Stakes at Turffontein. After the long journey from South Africa the filly performed at Flemington finishing third in the Indain Summer Handicap.

Asylum Seeker is by Count Dubois a winner of the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Italy and is a half-sister to the Group 3 South African Guineas winner, Chestnut Horse (by Eton Lad). Out of Running North (by Northfields) Asylum Seeker descends from a family that has produced, Horse Chestnut (by Fort Wood).

Crowned Horse of the Year in 2003, Horse Chestnut won the Triple Crown in South Africia and was crowned champion three-year-old at the conclusion of his classic season.

Asylum Seeker is the dam of two live foals, the first Rock of Freedom (by Rock of Gibraltar) a three-year-old has six starts as of July 2nd, and, is a last start winner at Bendigo with two placings and earnings of more than $16,900.00. This filly is the mares’ second live foal with the mare being covered again last spring by, Sebring.

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

Trainer Detail

Gary Portelli is the nominated trainer for Elite Thoroughbred Syndications and his stable complex is based at the Warwick Farm racecourse in New South Wales.

Last spring Portelli achieved another career milestone when he saddled up his third Group 1 winner, Rebel Dane. Rebel Dane won the Melbourne Racing Clubs’ Invitation Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on the back of a solid campaign in his home state where the horse had won the Group 2 Show County Stakes at Warwick Farm in August.

Earlier in his career, Portelli tasted success at the elite level with Rena’s Lady in winning the AJC Oaks in 2007. Portelli, has tasted international success travelling with Gold Trail to New Zealand to collect the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie in 2010.

At the close of the 2012-13, racing season Portelli had signed off stable earnings at $1.2million. With the new racing season ticking over August 1st, 2013 the stable has topped that figure with earnings at $1,446,635, as of May 15th, 2014.

Along with Rebel Dane’s two stakes victories this seasons Portelli has continued to produce winners for Elite with Lonzotto, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level and Straturbo winning races during the season. Portelli continues to build on his record for the Elite Thoroughbreds having applied the polish to the smart juvenile, I’m All The Talk.

I’m All The Talk gave Elite’s clients a massive thrill when the colt won on debut and then went on to win the Group 3 Skyline Stakes during the preparation.

Overall, Portelli’s statistics since 2000 reveal he has saddled up 28 stakes winners, as of July 2nd 2014, and the prinicpal aim of the stable is to keep the returns coming for all of their owners.