Gary Portelli and Sam Clenton were on the same page at the 200-metre mark with Roman Wolf last Saturday. It turned out to be the wrong page as the colt was a “terribly unlucky” fourth … and they will look for remption at Rosehill this weekend.
Clenton admitted she wouldn’t have been surprised to have got the hook from Roman Wolf after flashing home late behind Catwalk.
Storming down the outside: Nicci’s Gold fires home to win at Rosehill last year.Credit:AAP
“Sometimes people don’t want to give you a second chance after someting like that happens,” Clenton said. “He ran the fastest last 200m of the race and probably wins if I stay where I was. It was a split-second decision and just when I went to the outside for the run, the other run came.
“He is a very good colt going places and hopefully we get the job done this time.”
Portelli believes sticking with jockeys is a key to success and has been happy with Roman Wolf since. Being a grandstand jockey Portelli was not going to argue with the luckless ride.
“I couldn’t fault her because I could see what was happening. I could see how well he was going and was riding with her at the time," Portelli said. "Just when she went to the outside I was thinking get out there because nothing is opening up where you are.
“It was one of those things, the run comes a stride earlier on the inside and he wins. That happens in racing.
“He is going to be better on good ground and I think he will be flying home at the end. It might be a tougher race but I'm confident he is up to these.”
Portelli is surprised $10 is still available about Roman Wolf in the opener at Rosehill on Saturday, where Rotator is the $1.90 favourite.
Portelli and Clenton will join forces later in the day with Nicci’s Gold, which has a good second-up record with three wins from five attempts and produced an eye-catching fifth behind Reelem In Ruby a couple of weeks ago.
“She is a mare that takes a run to find her best and she was very good first-up,” Portelli said. “She has drawn well and gets a good run. I just want to see her get to the outside because that is how she races best."
Clenton was impressed by the way Nicci’s Gold found the line at Rosehill and feels there is plenty of improvement in her.
“She was enormous and the benefit of that run is going to stand her in good stead,” Clenton said. “I think the step up in trip, even though it is only 100 metres, will be to her benefit because she will be able to be that little closer."
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