Portelli Pleased With Sebring Sun Ahead of Up And Coming Stakes

August 18th, 2015

Gary Portelli has been thrilled with the results posted Sebring Sun this time in, and is confident the three-year-old is capable of posting a third-consecutive win in Saturday’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick.

Sebring Sun is primed for success in the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Sebring Sun is primed for success in the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Stamping himself as one to watch through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival without setting the two-year-old ranks on fire, Sebring Sun has returned this time in impeccable condition; taking out the TAB.com.au Maiden (1200m) first-up before posting a maiden black type win in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) on August 8th.

Portelli has underlined the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 11th as the major target for the classy Sebring colt this time, and believes success in the race would be a huge coup for ‘the little guys’.

“The way he won last time he looks to me as if he won’t have a problem,” Portelli told AAP ahead of Up And Coming Stakes.

“I can’t get near the prices at the sales.

“It is a nightmare. I see horses I think will fetch $100,000 but they go for $200,000 or more.

“The big guys come in and get the cream of the crop so Sebring Sun is one for the underdogs.

“I was lucky to get him for $100,000 and I’m lucky to have him racing at this level.”

Sebring Sun has been nominated amongst a talented field of 12 for Saturday’s 2015 Up And Coming Stakes, however Portelli has identified Group 1 winner Press Statement as the colt’s biggest threat for success.

“He is the horse I would be most afraid of if he runs,” Portelli said.

“The others are pretty much the same horses he beat last time and he’s improved since then.

Debuting for second in a Randwick minor over 1000m in October, Sebring Sun returned to racing in competitive form this year; placing third in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1000m) before running a credible fifth in each of the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).

The 2015 Up And Coming Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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