Gary Portelli’s three-year-old Time To Reign might not have been seen on the race track since the 2019 Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 23rd, but he is the firm $2.80 favourite with TAB for his return in the $140,000, listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The Group 2 Silver Slipper winner was fifth to Godolphin’s Kiamichi and Microphone in the Slipper and after an interrupted spring preparation Portelli put him aside without a start. While the Time For War colt might not have been on the race track he has certainly made an impression on his home track at Warwick Farm with a 9 1/2L win in a trial over 804m on January 2nd.
Time To Reign carries 54.5kg under Damien Oliver with barrier one.
There are just six acceptances for the Kensington Stakes after Godolphin did not accept with Microphone.
All Too Royal is the top-weight with 58.5kg under Mark Zahra and barrier five. The All Too Hard gelding won the listed Xmas Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield with 54kg under Jye McNeil. TAB have All Too Royal on the second line of the market at $3.60.
Bold Star is next at $4.00. The Gordon Richards trained Needs Further four-year-old was second to Halvorsen in the Group 3 Standish Handicap over 1200m with 54kg under Dwayne Dunn. He carries 55.5kg for Dunn on Saturday with barrier two.
The Kensington Stakes is Race 5 at 5.50pm.
The track is rated a Good 4 on Wednesday after 8mm of irrigation in the last 24 hours, 21mm for the last seven days and 14.8mm of rain for the last seven days.
Melbourne’s forecast into the weekend has partly cloudy days on Thursday and Friday with 19c and 23c. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with smoke haze and 15c – 26c.
Flemington's straight sprint course, picture ThoroughbredNEWS