Name: Express Point
Dam: Whitehaven Girl
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 22/10/2011
ELITE BACK SEBRING WITH THIS FILLY
Gary Portelli told Elite Thoroughbreds that he believed this filly was “a perfect example of what a racehorse should look like! Quality head, good bone, great attitude and very athletic. It was not surprising when the breaker touted her as one of the best Sebring’s he has worked with. She oozes quality, even to that of the untrained eye”
Portelli’s catalogue comments were: Well grown, athletic and strong. She has a fantastic attitude and is as good a type as we have seen. A great walking individual out of a fantastic mare by a sire that is producing city and Stakes level horses. This filly is our ‘priority purchase’ at this sale.
This filly has had a short break and received her early education at Muskoka Farm during September and is now in training with Portelli at his Warwick Farm base. Elite Thoroughbreds are thrilled with her progress as the filly has impressed her educators, grown and improved physically.
The Sire – Sebring was the winner of the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes along with the early two-year-old races the Breeders Plate, Canonbury Stakes and the Golden Slipper. When retiring to stud the young sire commanded a fee of $49,500 for his first book of mares.
That book of mares has yielded 16 individual winners from 62 runners with three stakes winners and five stakes placegetters with progeny earnings topping out at $1.4million. The young sires second crop has yielded 17 winners from 73 runners, as of November 28, 2013, with overall earnings topping more than $2.7million.
Sebring’s first season stakes winners consist of Group 2 Todman Stakes winner Criterion, Group 3 Quezette Stakes winner Kiss A Rose and Listed winners Dissident and Bring a Ring.
NOT ENOUGH? Whitehaven Girl was a very good race mare winning six races and placing another 15 times during a 40 start career. Retiring to stud with more than $229,000 in the bank Whitehaven Girl is now the dam of four foals.
A daughter of Umatilla, who is proving a good broodmare sire with 19 stakes winners and 14 stakes placegetters along with 280 individual winners just from 460 starters. Those progeny have banked earnings of more than $21million, as of November 28th, 2013.
Whitehaven Girl is out of the winning, Juno Beach (by Flying Spur) a half-sister to the American Grade 1 winner, Great Normand.
This female family recently produced the Group 3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner, Ocean Challenger (by Rubiton) a winner of eight races and more than $390,000.
The syndicate will be managed by Adrian Allan from Elite Thoroughbreds.
Gary Portelli, trainer of the Group 1 winning Rena’s Lady and Gold Trail, wound out the 2011-12 season, as one of Sydney’s top-twenty premier trainers, with stable earnings of $1.1million.
During that season Gary saddled up Somepin Anypin to win the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), Single Style in the Listed ATC Keith Mackay and Rose of Peace to win the Listed ATC Wenona Girl Handicap.
Portelli has since kept that strike rate and momentum going last season (2012-13) with the thoroughbreds under his care earning more than $1.2million. Portelli, has the stable on track to keep a returns to owners with 10 metropolitan winners in the current racing season.
Elite Thoroughbreds are building a great partnership with Portelli having Cosmic Cameo post his second win in just five career starts recently and with Elite’s classy, I’m All The Talk a colt that had a massive juvenile year banking $229,650.00 from two victories including on debut win at Warwick Farm and a superb victory in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes at Warwick Farm from just six starts.
Portelli Racing is committed to each owner as they strive for excellence and the team is determined to build a stable that ensures client satisfaction as they work tirelessly to keep that strike rate a top priority.