The Gary Portelli trained All The Talk has stamped his ticket to the Group 1 Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) with a dominant win in the $125,000, Group 3 Hyland Race Colours Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
All The Talk, a son of 2005 Golden Slipper winner Stratum, had shown himself to be a good speed horse in three runs prior and was able to put to bed any queries about him going to 1200m by leading all the way to record the strong win.
The pressure early did not seem overly strong with All The Talk, under Brenton Avdulla, getting to the front and appearing to find his rhythm without any great difficulty.
From there he was always going to prove hard to beat with those behind him noticeably under pressure to bridge the margin well before the turn.
The margin only widened as they straightened, however, with the well spruiked Dothraki (Mossman) and Glyn Schofield briefly appearing as the danger, but ultimately losing the battle for second to Queensland visitor Octane Flyer (Statue Of Liberty) and Tommy Berry who worked home nicely up the inside.
The well tried Fuerza was next with Good Job Bro the disappointment, never really a factor back on to firmer ground.
Brenton Avdulla checks the opposition, they were some way back, picture Sportpix.com.au
The margins were 3 1/2L and 3/4L with the time 1.09.76 on the Good 3 track and the final 600m in 35.00.
The step up to 1200m was the query for most going in and the stable were clearly pleased to see him take that step up.
“He found plenty; he was strong right through the line,” said trainer Gary Portelli.
“He’s a fast horse, he’s run the time and he did it all himself and he’ll go faster when we need him too hopefully.”
Portelli indicated that the Slipper at Rosehill on April 6th was now firmly on the radar with the colt now exempt from the ballot for the $3.5 million race.
“They are first time owners a lot of these people and they are in the Slipper, they are going to have some fun in a couple of week’s time, he said
“I’m not saying he’s a good thing but they’ll know he’s in there in the Slipper.”
All The Talk is out of the Hussonet mare Weekend Gossip and this was his second win from five starts. with a second and third place he has earned stakes of $178,850 for owners Elite Thoroughbreds Racing (Mgr: A Allan), D M Brooks, D Healey, Mrs K A Flanagan, D G Burgun, J K Tuttner, M J Robertson, D J Pashby, S P Seifert, S J Barrett, B P Hebbe, Mrs G J McConnell, D L Mcnicol, Ms L Fitzpatrick and L L James.
Elite Thoroughbreds signed for All The Talk at $40,000 at the 2012 Classic Yearling Sale out the draft of Widden Stud.
Brenton Avdulla and All The Talk cruise to the line, picture Sportpix.com.au
Photofinish picture ATC