Trainer, Staff & Facilities

 

Gary Portelli is one of Sydney's premier trainers. With a stable full of talent, Gary is a regular in the winner's circle at Sydney metropolitan and provincial tracks. Team Portelli has also taken their winning formula to Melbourne where satellite stables are based. Although horse's are based in Sydney, having stables in Melbourne provides a distinct 'edge' in allowing the Portelli team to take full advantage of the prize money on offer in Australia's two premier racing states.

Warwick Farm boasts state of the art training facilities and is home to some of the country’s most successful training operations.

Team Portelli have access to the best available jockeys, with the likes of Blake Shin, Nash Rawiller, Brenton Avdulla, Winona Costin, Tye Angland, James McDonald, Glyn Schofield, Damien Oliver, Corey Brown, Hugh Bowman and Jimmy 'Pumper' Cassidy. Gary Portelli's biggest success to date was that of the very smart filly Rena's Lady winning the 2006 Group 1 AJC Oaks. More recently, Gold Trail scored an emphatic win in the Group 1 Railway Handicap Stakes and gun sprinter Rebel Dane, scored an impressive victory in the Group 1 Alistair Clark Stakes. Gary's stable has produced an array of high class performers including Over The Wicket, Around The Wicket, Cosmic Cameo, New Day Rising, Mirrasalo, Before Too Long, Rose Of Peace, Delago Bolt, Eight Bills, Something Anything, Somepin Anypin, O'Crickey, Gold Trail and Hairy. Recently, 3YO fillies Miss Spoken and Shady Favour added to the stables list of city winners. Miss Spoken and Shady Favour were purchased as yearlings by 'Elite Thoroughbreds' collectively for just $50,000.

Every season, the Group winners have kept coming consistently for the stable, including the likes of Rebel Dane, Single Style & Golden Slipper runner and Group 2 Skyline Stakes winner, I'm All The Talk. The Group winning 2YO colt was purchased for only $40,000 and syndicated by Elite Thoroughbreds. Other recent city and Group winners for the Elite Thoroughbreds - Portelli combination have been Listed winner and Group 1 Golden Rose placed colt - Sebring Sun. Multiple Listed winner & 2015 Magic Millions Sprint victor - Straturbo. Multiple Group placed and $1 Million Magic Millions Cup winner - Testashadow. Multiple City winner - Cosmic Cameo & city winner of 4 races from 5 starts as a 2YO - Seeking Asylum. The previous mentioned horses were purchased from various Magic Millions and Inglis sales for as little as $45,000.

One of the better advantages of working with Portelli Racing is Gary's ability to spot the talent in the sale yard without 'breaking the bank'. Group winners such as Something Anything (Group 2 Villiers Stakes), Rena's Lady (Group 1 AJC Oaks & Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes), Sompin Anypin (Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup) and Gold Trail (Group 1 Railway Stakes, Group 2 The Shorts Stakes, Listed Canterbury Stakes & 3rd in the Group 1 Galaxy Stakes) were purchased for as little as $30,000. Essentially, this why we involve Gary Portelli in the selection of our yearlings.

Gary's biggest year to date has been the 2017 season, where he has won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes with 7YO stallion Rebel Dane, The Group 2 Silver Slipper & Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes with $20,000 2YO filly She Will Reign and the $1 Million Magic Millions Cup with Elite Thoroughbreds 5YO Testashadow - who cost us a modest $50,000 as a yearling, with winnings of $1.3 Million so far!

There is no doubt that the 2017 season is shaping up to be the most successful to date, with an array of talented horses making their way to the stables. We are very excited to have Portelli Racing apart of the Elite Thoroughbreds team. We are certain that Gary's solid and consistent record will continue to flourish and have a positive influence on your racehorse.

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A variety of spellers and pre-trainers are used specifically to suit your horses requirements. Whilst it may be an easier task as a manager to keep all 'spellers' in the same facility, this is not an ideal approach when trying to get the very best out of your racehorse. For this reason, we use the very best in the business. Facilities such as GT Park, Jazcom & Muskoka specialize in certain areas. For example, GT Park would be ideal for those thoroughbreds who require an extended period of time away from racing due to a setback or injury. Their facilities are ideal for this scenario, giving your racehorse the best opportunity possible to make a speedy & healthy return.

The facilities at Jazcom are ideal for horses that require extra weight and size on returning from a spell. Their feeding programme and feed quality have produced astounding results for horses that are naturally a little 'lighter framed'. This has also resulted in an impressive record, when looking at how many of our 'Elite' horses have won their first up assignment after spelling at Jazcom.

It is important that such attention is paid to detail, especially during your horses recuperation period. This is where all the difference is made when it comes to your horses physical progression over time - Our horses really DO come first!

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