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Portelli Excited About She Will Reign
Trainer Gary Portelli says he is looking forward to former star filly She Will Reign making her return to racing in Saturday's Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The Missile Stakes is shaping as an early highlight of the new racing season, with several high-class sprinters entered for the race including Gr1 performers Kementari, Pierata, Music Magnate, Showtime, and Takedown. Portelli is hoping She Will Reign can extend her brilliant speed out to a longer trip this campaign, and he says Saturday's race will give him a better idea of the most suitable races to target. "She looks fantastic," Portelli told Darby Racing.com. "The preparation will all hinge on what she does in this race, as far as what distance we go up to. I'm looking forward to seeing how she goes." Portelli added: "It's going to be a very high pressure race, I've got no doubt, with the horses they're spruiking going into the Missile first-up and with horses trying to get into The Everest." Syndicator Darby Racing has previously announced that She Will Reign will have her final Australian campaign this spring after being sold privately to overseas interests.