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She Will Reign Wins Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago- Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 2YO filly She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain-Courgette, by Charge Forward) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Gary Portelli despite missing the start in the $250,000 Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colts Veranillo (Medaglia d'Oro-Shelters, by Lonhro) & Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais, by Timber Country). This was yet another brilliant performance by Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign who saw her price for next month's $3.5 million Gr1 juvenile feature tighten into $3. A $20,000 bargain purchase by Darby Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, she extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Listed (R) Inglis Nursery) from 3 starts for $458,650 earnings. Trainer Gary Portelli said he had always been confident that She Will Reign could be just as effective racing off the speed. "I already knew but when she missed the start I thought 'this is perfect' because now we can find out for sure if she can race from behind," Portelli said. "We've learnt something out of today. She's not one-dimensional at all, but it was a big way to learn it." She Will Reign will have her final lead-up to the Golden Slipper in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on 4 March.