She Will Reign Not Slowed by Rain at Randwick
Racing strategy is a nuanced science that involves some degree of trial and error and more than a modicum of unpredictability, so master juvenile trainer Gary Portelli is dealing with some level of uncertainty when he describes the attempt he must undertake in order to get his promising filly She Will Reign adapted to a mere 200 metres extra distance betwixt the 1000 m runs she has been dominating and the 1200 m of the Golden Slipper Stakes.
She Will Reign has basically been running solo, such as she did when winning the Inglis Nursery at Randwick, managing to put five lengths betwixt herself and the rest of the field in the short sprint.
Portelli is of the opinion that She Will Reign is not quite up to the extra 200 metres, yet to the more casual observer, the dominance she displayed in the Inglis on a heavy track would lead that observer to believe she could walk the final 200 m of the Golden Slipper and still win comfortably.
With lightly raced two-year-olds, it is a combination of factors that determines future outcomes that is often difficult to discern, unlike with an established four or five-year-old where there is historical evidence to support racing decisions, but with over $300,000 in earnings, Portelli obviously has at least some of the clues to the mystery of juveniles.