Sire: I Am Invincible
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 18/8/2015
PORTELLI TO TRAIN FILLY FOR ELITE THOROUGHBREDS
This filly is by I Am Invincible, a fast and precocious group winning sprinter that stopped the clock at 57.80sec when winning on debut as a juvenile in 2007.
Since retiring for covering duties at Yarraman Park Stud after a 13-start racetrack career that netted five wins, two placings banking connections $270,050 to covering a debut book of 133 mares for a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST). I Am Invincible has consistently been supported by breeders covering good sized books, accordingly the horses fee has remained steady rising to $27,500 (inc GST) in 2014, it rose again in 2015 to an advertised fee of $55,000.00 (inc. GST) and remained at that level last spring.
I Am Invincible currently has four crops of foals of racing age, 292 have raced for 212 individual winners, that’s a runner to winner rate of 72.6%, 21 stakes winners – two are winners at the highest level Brazen Beau (ex Sansadee) and I Am A Star (ex Star Band) with another 15 stakes placegetters with earnings of more than $26.3million as of the end of May.
The best colt, Brazen Beau won the Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap and Ascot Vale Stakes up Flemington’s famous straight course – sold to Darley duties and is covering mares at their Victorian base of Northwood Park for an advertised fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
The best filly I Am A Star has won six races, five of them were in stakes races including the VRC 2016 Group 1 Myer Classic (registered race name: Empire Rose Stakes) – deafting older, more seasoned mares.
NOT ENOUGH? I Am A Star has emerged from I Am Invincible’s third crop of foals as the bay son of Invincible Spirit’s record continues to grow. Currently statistic’s feature three Group 2 winners; Look to the Stars (BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes); The Justice League (Wellington Guineas) and Illustrious Lad (VRC Linlithgow Stakes). Six; Group Three winners along with 10 Listed winners including the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, Houtzen.
The syndicate will be managed by Elite Thoroughbreds.
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 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, 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 a thrid Group 1 in the MVRC’s Manikato Stakes denying Fell Swoop and Japonisme.
The most recent victory for Portelli at the highest level was a fairy-tale win when he won the 2017 ATC $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200 m.) with She Will Reign.
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 (seven wins & more than $1.23 million in earnings), Sebring Sun, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Seeking Asylum, Miss Spoken – and 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.
Portelli signed off the 2015-16 racing season with his runners returning more than $1.6million to connections on the back of $1.64million earned during 2014-15 season.
With two months to go until the conclusion of the 2016-17 season Portelli’s stable earnings now stand at $3.3million, with 14-metropolitan winners – 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 said.