She Will Reign Ready for 2017 Silver Slipper Stakes

February 15th, 2017

Trainer Gary Portelli is thrilled with the condition of She Will Reign ahead of her competitive return in Saturday’s 2017 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

She Will Reign will return to racing in Saturday's 2017 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart

She Will Reign will return to racing in Saturday’s 2017 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart

She Will Reign has only made two competitive appearances at the races so far, but has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow via two dominant performance for comfortable wins; highlighted by a near $300,000 triumph in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) most recently on December 17th.

She Will Reign performed well alongside stable mate Straturbo in a Tuesday morning hit-out and Portelli is confident that she will be up to the mark in the Silver Slipper 2017.

“I think she looks like a horse who will run over more ground but so far she’s been brilliant over short courses,” Portelli told AAP.

“She jumps and runs and we thought we might try to harness her speed but it didn’t work in the trial.

“If she is to be a genuine Golden Slipper contender she has to win over further.

“But despite her speed she has the best attitude. She is so laid back and doesn’t get worked up at all.

“She just goes out and runs fast.”

Having run no further than 1000m through her short career so far, Portelli concedes that there is something of a question mark over the distance of the Silver Slipper Stakes 2017, but believes she will still perform to a high standard in the race.

“She has the best attitude and when she gets out and gallops she just does it so effortlessly,” he said.

“She’s got to run 1100 and 1200 metres yet but I think she will.”

Debuting to racing for a near-nine length win in the Festive Season Maiden (1000m) on December 10th, She Will Reign’s dominance amongst notable company in the Inglis Nursery has led to her taken early favouritism in 2017 Golden Slipper betting markets with online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

The 2017 Silver Slipper field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.