From Gary Portelli
Thur 27th Jun, 2019
Horse: Above And Beyond
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 3, Winter Racing Hcp) We’re hoping stepping him up to 1400m is the key. He was disappointing last start, I thought he would do better than what he did. This is a perfect race on paper for him. He’s a bit of a thinker, a quirky horse around the stables, but if he turns up and has a go there’s no doubt he’s good enough.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, Civic Stakes) Testashadow has a modest 1st up record, having not won 1st up for two years, but he’s adept in rain affected ground. He’ll run well, he won’t be able to help himself. He’ll probably get tired with 100m to go though. He’ll have a good campaign, there’ll be no doubt he will be running placings in some good races later on.
Horse: Nicci’s Gold
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, Civic Stakes) She’s 100 per cent at her peak. If she can get black type, she has a fantastic pedigree, she is worth good money for her owners. We’ve freshened her up, her work on Tuesday was very sharp even though we tried to restrain her. She’s one of the better trackworkers at Warwick Farm and when we try to hold her up it annoys the hell out of her. But she has freshened up nicely. She’s drawn well, obviously carrying 1kg more (Jason Collett will carry 1kg overweight) but having Jason on with a Group 1 win last week his confidence will be high and he’s on a horse that he knows well.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Everest Carnival Hospitality Hcp) She’s drawn out but by that time of the day they’ll probably be out there. She’s come back from a tendon injury at her last start. She’s 100 per cent right now, she trialled enormous at Rosehill. I thought instead of another trial we’ll kick her off here and she’s into her preparation.