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Horse Detail

Name: Disco Diva

Gender: Filly

Sire: Dissident

Dam: Seeking Sunshine

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Foal Date: 21/10/2016



Elite Thoroughbreds are delighted to offer shares in this chestnut filly by Dissident out of a daughter of Seeking the Gold, Seeking Sunshine.

Offered as a broodmare in 2010 at the January Horses of All Ages Sale at Keeneland, Seeking Sunshine was knocked down to the bid of Vin Cox at US$50,000.

Seeking Sunshine is out of Every Cloud (by Storm Cat) and that mares racetrack performances are at courses that are not familiar, winning three races, two at Delaware Park and the other at Oaklawn Park, a sister to the Grade 1 Saratoga Test Stakes (1400m.) Missed The Storm (by Storm Cat) also winner of the Grade 2 Aqueduct Astarita Stakes.

In-turn, Every Cloud is a half-sister to the sire Green Means Go (by Green Dancer), a winner of nine races including two Grade 3’s at Belmont in New York as a three-year-old and stands at stud in America.   Green Means Go is the sire of 47 runners, 37 winners including the Argentinian Group 1 2000 Guineas runner-up and Grade 3 winner Harry Potter (ex Hufeisen Baby).

Seeking Sunshine is dam of four foals, three have raced and two are winners Ready Sunshine (by More Than Ready) a winner of six races and more than $152,000; Alaadel (by Sebring) bought by Shadwell Australia at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling for $260,000 now winner of two races in South Africa at 1400m; the other is Sunquest (by Helmet) a current season three-year-old that finished third in the MVRC Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes last spring behind Overshare (by I Am Invincible).

Seeking Sunshine, a daughter of the prominent broodmare sire Seeking the Gold with 31 Grade 1 winners including Excellent Art (St. James’s Palace Stakes); Signs of Blessing (Prix Maurice de Gheest) and Point of Entry (four Grade 1’s in America) are among that horses 158 stakes winners worldwide.

Dissident is by Sebring winner of the 2008 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200 m.) and the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce (1400 m.) in the same year.

Sebring, by More Than Ready, sire of 41 stakes winners, among them multiple Group 1 winner Criterion, Egg Tart, Lucky Bubbles and the stakes winning Bring Me the Maid, Believe Yourself and Thurlow.

Dissident was renowned for his ability to sit on the pace and fight off all challengers. His toughness was demonstrated winning five Group 1 races throughout his career the 2014 ATC Randwick Guineas, 2014 MRC Memsie Stakes, 2014 VRC Makybe Diva Stakes, 2015 MRC C F Orr Stakes and 2015 ATC All Aged Stakes making him the most successful son by Sebring thus far.

Having beaten Group 1 winner Mourinho in the 2015 C F Orr Stakes, placed third in the MRC Futurity Stakes and holding off 6-time Group 1 winner Chautauqua to win All Aged Stakes in his final career start it was a fitting raceday farewell for the tenacious stallion. Later that year Dissident was crowned 2015 Horse of the Year.

Bred and sold by Widden Stud, Dissident was a $210,000 purchase at the Magic Millions sales and ended his career with over $2million dollars in prize money.

Last spring, Dissident covered 195 mares on a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST) at Newgate Farm breeders have given the bay/brown horse every opportunity to succeed with more than 600 coverings since retiring in 2014.

NOT ENOUGH?   Dissident’s dam is Diana’s Secret, by Anabaa, winner of two races earned black type when placed in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes at Morphettville. From the winning Western Symphony mare Palace Scandal, dam of the Group 2 placed Heir Affair (By Salieri) and a half-sister to stakes winner Mountebank.

Dissident is one of ten Group 1 winners bred on the More Than Ready/Danzig cross including his sire Sebring, Benicio, More Joyous and Miracles of Life.

Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed it will be managed by Elite Thoroughbreds


Trainer Detail

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

We pride ourselves employing staff that care greatly 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 1 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 1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, his third was with Rebel Dane in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes at Caulfield during the spring of 2013.

Rebel Dane a tough stallion, remained in training and delivered his connections and Portelli with another Group 1 when the bay son of California Dane won the 2016 Group 1 Manikato Stakes denying Fell Swoop and Japonisme.

The most recent success for Portelli at the highest level was a fairy-tale when he won the 2017 ATC $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200 m.) with She Will Reign.

Portelli has nurtured the filly to more Group 1 success winning in the MVRC Moir Stakes over 1000m in September 2017, beating home recent 2017 Winterbottom Stakes Group 1 winner and 2018 Magic Millions Sprint winner Viddora.

Moving into 2018 She Will Reign has earned over $3million dollars in prizemoney, making a healthy return for her owners having sold as a yearling for only $20,000 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale.

One of the measures of Portelli’s abilities is his success in training for syndicates.

His association with Elite Thoroughbreds has realised a steady flow of winners including Testashadow winner of the 2017 ATC Festival Stakes Group 3 (eight wins & more than $1.35 million in earnings), Sebring Sun, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Seeking Asylum, Miss Spoken – the retired Group 3 winner I’m All The Talk (Stratum – Weekend Gossip) that is now standing at Mungrup Stud in Western Australia.

Portelli, set the Elite Thoroughbreds owned Testashadow to win the 2017 Magic Millions Cup two-years after Straturbo won the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) on that same day, Testashadow had finished runners-up in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) – that day is one of the most competitive race days on the Queensland calendar each and every year.

I am a great believer in a team environment as far as my stable 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 said.

The share price is inclusive of the breaking-in fee at Jazcom, early education with Gary Portelli and all transport.  The agistment costs are paid until 1st of May 2018 and the filly is insured with Gow Gates Insurance Brokers for mortality the policy is valid until 1st January 2019.

The ongoing upkeep fee of a two percent share is $90 (inc GST) per month – that’s just over $20 a week.

For all of the terms and conditions that surround this offer refer to the Racing NSW approved Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) issued by the TTSC