Portelli-Trained Youngsters Looking Good

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Thrilled with the progress of his leading Golden Slipper contender Time To Reign, trainer Gary Portelli is looking to take another two youngsters to .

Whether and/or Roman Wolf is up to a Slipper campaign remains to be seen but their trainer will test them in Saturday's (1000m).

Time To Reign will wait another week for the Lonhro Plate at Warwick Farm after winning a Warwick Farm barrier trial on Tuesday.

Unbeaten in two starts, Time To Reign is a half-brother to the Portelli-trained 2017 Slipper winner .

Ridden by in the trial, Time To Reign raced outside Exceed The Stars and rallied late to win the 797m-heat by a length.

“He is still learning but when he realised what Tim wanted him to do he got going and went to the line as we wanted to see,” Portelli said.

“I'm very happy with him and how well he recovered. I'm pumped.”

Time To Reign has already earned $161,000, enough for a start in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 23 with Portelli planning to give him at least two runs beforehand, the Lonhro and the .

Roman Wolf was a winner at on January 11 while Estrado ran second in her only trial on January 8.

“Roman Wolf is by and is like his father – he jumps and runs,” Portelli said.

“He looked good the other day and is a lovely horse.

“Estrado is a brilliant filly and she's ready to go. I will look at the barriers but at this stage they will both run with Jason Collett to ride Roman Wolf and Rachel King Estrado.”

Portelli also plans to back Nicci's Gold up in the 1600m race for fillies and mares, a week after her midfield finish at .

Nicci's Gold was fifth of 11, half a length from the winner Harmattan, in a 1500m-race after getting blocked for a run in the straight.

“She's pulled up so well she will have no trouble backing up,” Portelli said.

will ride her.”

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