Gary Portelli. Photo: Wolter Peeters
WARWICK FARM trainer Gary Portelli had to take a picture of his stopwatch after the unbeaten Rebel Dane and two-year-old All The Talk matched motors recently.
''They went side by side and ran 21.7 [seconds] for the last 400metres, which makes you smile when you have been clocking others that are flat out breaking 24,'' Portelli said. ''They are both exciting types and have potential to be winning races during the carnival.''
The next couple of weeks will see their return, starting with Rebel Dane at Rosehill on Saturday, where he will attempt to extend his unbeaten run to four and his lead on the BOBS bonus ladder.
''I have entered him for two races,'' Portelli said. ''There is a benchmark 75 for three-year-olds over 1200m where he will have to carry about 60kilograms or the open 1100m where he will get the limit.
''It is a good way to start because he is going to be taking on the better horses in coming weeks and it will give him a run under his belt before that. There are a lot of good three-year-olds about and I'm planning to run him against them in the Royal Sovereign [at Rosehill on February 16].''
Portelli galloped Rebel Dane on Saturday morning before heading to New Zealand for this week's Karaka Yearling Sale. ''The times he runs at trackwork and the effort he puts in to do it leads me to think he has the ability to be up with the best horses I have trained,'' Portelli said. ''He did his serious work on Saturday, so now he can just poke along this week and is ready to go on Saturday.''
Rebel Dane banked BOBS bonuses totalling $50,000 in his three spring runs and Saturday is another chance to snag some more bonus stakes.
''Winning a Saturday race with BOBS is worth $68,000, while if you win a black-type race it is only worth $60,000, because there is no BOBS,'' Portelli said. ''It is something they need to look at.''
All The Talk, a winner at Warwick Farm last month, will trial at his home track on Friday before returning over 1000m on February 9.
''He showed the potential that he could measure up to the better two-year-old races,'' Portelli said. ''He is going to have that hitout on Friday and there are a couple of other two-year-olds we have going there that will hopefully show they are on a similar course.''