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Portelli Says Aust Sprinter Gold Trail "Never Been Happier"
Fellow Australian trainer Gary Portelli declared his Gr1-winning 5YO sprinter Gold Trail (Hussonet-Trail Of Gold, by Danewin) who is also targeting Tuesday's Gr1 One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot "has never been happier" reported gbiracing.com. Portelli said front-running Gold Trail "likes to dominate from the start & then go for the line within the last 400m in his races" noting: "Early on in his career, I tried to have him ridden conservatively to get further. He has got a stride on him like a stayer & the attitude of a stayer. Everyone who rides him cannot believe he is a 1000m (5 furlongs) horse. He has raced & won over 1200m (6 furlongs) but usually stops pretty rapidly over that distance. His record over 1100 (5.5 furlongs) is excellent - 7 or 8 attempts for 5 or 6 wins. Gold Trail has never raced at 1000m because there have not been the races for him in Australia. When he races over 1100 metres, he is usually well clear 100m out, with the others in all sorts of trouble & then the last 50m sees horses coming from everywhere at him. If he has been beaten, it is often on the line. I think 1000m will suit him well at Royal Ascot, being more like 1100m back home. The faster the ground on Tuesday, the better; but he did win on a slower track at Randwick one day by 4-lengths. I will walk the track with (Australian) jockey Michael Rodd, who is due to arrive on Sunday night, if no volcanoes explode. Michael has not ridden here before. I have been here a week & found everything absolutely fascinating - I had been told what to expect, but nobody was able to describe it properly. It is everything it should be for horse trainers here. I don't think Gold Trail wants to go home either. He is very happy where he is - it is very rural compared to where we train. Newmarket is horse-friendly & a fantastic place for a horse to live. I don't work him very far - he went over 3 furlongs today (overnight) - and during the last week, we have been doing some steady longer work with him. Today was the power work. In the past, he has gone best when I think he needs just a bit more work & that is how he is at the moment. I think you can compare him with a high-jumper. Every year, he has gone to a higher height - no way 2 years ago would I have envisaged training this horse for Royal Ascot."