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Horse Detail

Name: Meteor Gal

Gender: Mare

Sire: Northern Meteor

Dam: Cosmo Gal

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Foal Date: 6/8/2013



Elite Thoroughbreds principal Adrian Allan wrote in his 2015 Magic Millions sale catalogue “this filly is a cracking type, great walk and is from a top two-year-old family.

Allan, subsequently secured the chestnut and is happy to report the filly has broken-in well and owns some attitude, which is a good thing for fillies. Strong and yet still an attractive filly that has learnt quickly.

The filly is now ready to resume a racing campaign in the near future potential owners’ are buying into a filly that will be ready to as an autumn juvenile.

The chestnut is out of a mare that was a juvenile winner and is by a Golden Slipper winner in, Danzero. Allan, believes the filly represents a nice racing proposition that has have extremely good residual value once the filly is ready to retire as a broodmare prospect.

The trainer of the filly, Gary Portelli believes the chestnut represents the stock by the now deceased, Northern Meteor. After, parading well at the sale in January last year the filly has strengthened-up and is a lot stronger and has learnt quickly.

The filly has handled the ‘barrier education process and Elite Thoroughbreds are looking forward to finalising the partnership.

NOT ENOUGH? Northern Meteor was a track record-setting galloper that retired to stud after just nine racecourse appearances with more than $500,000 in earnings.

Northern Meteor earned a career high rating of 104 after a dashing half-length victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes (registered name: Ascot Vale) at Flemington in 2008.   Unfortunately, for breeders just days after being crowned Champion First-Season Sire in July of 2013, Northern Meteor died after a colic attack.

The bay horse covered only four books of mares and from 662 coverings, Northern Meteor’s statistics as of  January 11th, 2016, reveal 296 named horses and of those 19 are stakes winners and include six Group 1 winners (Zoustar, Cosmic Endeavour, Shooting To Win, Amanpour and Romantic Touch) and seven stakes placegetters. From 263 runners the horse has 177 individual winners, with a runner to starter ratio of 67.38%, with earnings of more than $20.3million.

This filly is from the final crop of mares that were covered by Northern Meteor.

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 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 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 and Encostology.

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

Portelli signed of 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. At the halfway mark of the 2015-16 racing season the stable earnings are nudging $700,000.

Portelli happily shares whatever credit comes his way.

“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 says.