Dam: Miss Victory
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 31/10/2013
VICTORY COLT FOR ELITE
Elite Thoroughbreds have a distinct liking for the progeny of the Group 1 Golden Slipper winner, Stratum (Redoute’s Choice). The principal of Elite, Adrian Allan, deliberately set out to look at this colt being out of a imported Group 1 winning mare.
Miss Victory was an excellent sprinter having won 14 races, that included the Group 1Palermo Gran Premio Estrellas, Group 3 San Isidro Clasico Olavarria, Palermo Clasico General Arenales and the Palermo Clasico General Fransciso B. Bosch Stakes all held in Argentina and run over,1000m.
Allan, liked the fact that Miss Victory travelled to America and won the Bob Slater Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April 2005, another race over the sprint journey of 1000 metres.
When inspecting the colt Allan consulted with his nominated trainer Gary Portelli, since both men have purchased a number of Stratum’s best progeny including the Elite owned, Group 3 Skyline Stakes winner I’m All The Talk and the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint hero, Straturbo. This colt is easily among the best progeny of the sire both men have seen to date.
Allan said, “we had to buy him he is a cracking type and a exciting prospect. Gary and I believe the colt will be able to set for a Magic Millions two-year-old campaign and then he’ll improve again as many of the breed do. So we’ll target the Magic Millions again in 2017″
NOT ENOUGH? Imported into Australia in 2006, Miss Victory was covered by Distorted Humor but failed to go into foal. The first live foal Miss Victory produced was by Rock of Gibraltar in 2010, and is now named, Beau Victory.
The following spring Miss Victory had a filly by Snitzel, now named Kanpai and this colt is the mares third live foal.
Miss Victory is by Numerous (by Mr. Prospector) a Grade 3 Churchill Downs Derby Trial Stakes winner. Numerous, is a better sire than racehorse with the bay siring 16 Group 1winners from a tally of 53 stakes winners with another 71 stakes placegetters. The horses broodmare statistics are strong with 23 stakes winners, which include three Group 1 winners, 30 stakes placegetters from 687 runners and 460 individual winners (as of February 9th).
The owners of Miss Victory thought enough of this colt to have the mare covered last spring by the 2013 Cox Plate winner, Shamus Award.
The syndicate for this colt will by Elite Thoroughbreds, Adrian Allan.
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 I’m All The Talk, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Stratacus, Seeking Asylum and Encostology.
Another example of his ability to set a horse for a race and pull it off on the day came at the 2015 Magic Millions race meeting, one of the most competitive racedays on the Queensland calendar, when he saddled-up the Elite Thoroughbreds owned duo of Straturbo to win the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) and Testashadow to finish second in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).
As his career has progressed, Portelli has consistently produced impressive returns for his owners. In the 2012-13 season his runners returned earnings of $1.2 million. The following season they collected $1.86 million and by the halfway mark of the 2014-15 racing year they are nudging the $1 million 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.