In-form Portelli triumphs again
Perfect Pitch provided trainer Gary Portelli with his second juvenile winner in seven days with a last-gasp victory in the Book Summer Hospitality Plate (1100m) at Rosehill.
The win followed on from the dominant victory of stablemate Secret Lady in last Saturday's Golden Gift (1100m), and shows that Portelli's skill for training two-year-olds has not gone away.
Perfect Pitch lunged late to win with Miss Invincible taking second, while Toulouse was another head away in third.
"I hope it keeps going," said Portelli, who has now produced 14 two-year-old winners this season.
"There's a few more coming through at the moment that we are looking forward to and I think the fact that we don't have as big a team as some of the bigger stables, it allows us to put more time into our young horses and I really love training two-year-olds, especially the good ones."
Portelli had high hopes heading into the race and believes she sneaked under the radar in the build-up.
"I was pretty confident coming into today but no one wanted to talk about this filly," he added.
"She had no luck at Canterbury, I think she should have finished a lot closer to the winner and she'd come on since the run.
"What you saw today is probably just a taste of what's going to come. She's got a real stayer's action for mine and I think she's going to be a nice three-year-old later on so I probably wouldn't push onto the Magic Millions."
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