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“Rebel Dane, who’d have thought he would throw a Golden Slipper winner?” Portelli said

“Rebel Dane, who’d have thought he would throw a Golden Slipper winner?” Portelli said



Fireburn is not yet done for the campaign with a still shocked trainer Gary Portelli confirming the extraordinary Golden Slipper winner is on the path to the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick in two weeks.

“I don’t know how they will beat her after that,” Portelli said on Sunday morning. “You wouldn’t think she will be beatable ever again.

“She’s a superstar this filly. What she did yesterday, you don’t fluke that.”

Portelli said his head was still shaking on Sunday morning following the filly’s amazing victory. She was knocked over at the halfway mark of the $5 million race and all seemed lost.



“She was put through the fence and she was 10 (lengths) off them at the 600 (metre mark) but she went past them as if they were nobody,” Portelli said.

“That’s ridiculous at this level. To be knocked over that far from home and it was a significant scrimmage – she bounced off the running rail maybe three times and Brenton (Avdulla) said later that he was just happy to look after her and hope to get by a few late and get our acceptance fee back by finishing in the top-10.

“He couldn’t believe how much horse he had when he asked her to go.

“She’s a phenomenal filly. I just had her out of the box early this morning for a walk around and she was dragging me around and you wouldn’t know that she’d had a run.

“If I am happy with her, she’ll definitely go to the Sires’ and the colt (Sejardan) will go there as well. I’ve always thought that was a good race for him and he had no luck there yesterday.”

Sportsbet installed Fireburn the $5 favourite for the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Randwick on April 2, which shapes as the filly’s final run as a juvenile.

“I’ve long thought she could be a Flight Stakes (1600m) filly and that’s a race we’ll go for in the spring.”

Prize Money
Last 5
1 – 16B.AvdullaRHIL19 MAR 20221200mG SLIPPER54.5kg2.4L$12
1 – 9J.CollettRAND26 FEB 20221200mSW EMBRACE55.5kg0.8L$8
1 – 12T.SchillerKENS1 JAN 20221150m2Y HCP54kg0.3L$9
1 – 5J.CollettRAND18 DEC 20211200m2Y HCP56kg1.7L$4.80
4 – 6R.DolanW FM8 DEC 20211100m2Y MDN-SW55kg1L$10


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19 Mar 2022