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Horse Detail

Name: Prince of Mars

Gender: Gelding

Sire: Testa Rossa

Dam: Rosie Rocket

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Foal Date: 26/9/2014



Elite Thoroughbreds have a distinct liking for the progeny of the Group 1 VRC Lightning and Emirates (registered name: Cantala Stakes) winner  Testa Rossa  (by Perugino).  Adrian Allan has previously syndicated Testashadow (five wins and $526,785) and that gelding has shown great durablity so Elite Thoroughbleds look at nearly all the progeny by the Vinery based stallion.

The bay is colt is out of the nine-time winner, that includes two Listed races with earnings of more than $436,000 in, Rosie Rocket (by Blackfriars).

Testa Rossa has sired three winners at the highest level and they are; Ortensia (ex Aerate’s Pick), Testafiable (ex Jamelden Echo) and Rostova (ex Space Talk).

The maternal sire, Blackfriars is a dual stakes winner having won the Group 1 VRC Derby after a solid effort to collect the MRC Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes. As a broodmare sire Blackfriars daughters have produced 37 winners from 80 starters, that is a 46.3% winner to runner ratio, and from those winners three have won stakes races and they are Darlington Abbey (ex Wynyard Hall)’; Red Ora (ex Friartriar) and Newton Prince (ex Newton Bewley).

NOT ENOUGH? When Testa Rossa has covered mares by Danehill, the sire of Blackfriars, that cross has produced the Listed MRC Hareeba stakes winner Jolie Blonde (ex Danoiserie) and the stakes placed Just a Man (ex Make my Dane) and Continental Flyer (ex Diamond Hill).

The syndicate for this filly will be managed by Adrian 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 Testashadow (five wins and more than half-a-million in earnings), Sebring Sun, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Seeking Asylum, Miss Spoken and the retired stakes winner I’m All The Talk.

Portelli, set the Elite Thoroughbreds owned Straturbo to win the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint (1100 m.) as well as finishing runner-up with Testashadow in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400 m.) on one of the most competitive race days on the Queensland calendar.

Portelli signed off the 2014-15 racing season with his runners returning more than $1.6million to connections on the back of $1.86million earned during the 2012-13 racing season. With two months remaining of the 2015-16 racing season stable earnings are nudging the $1.5million 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.