$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$400 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $400 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
Gary Portelli has no qualms about sending Dio D'Oro out on a heavy track again after his last-start maiden win at Randwick
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Trainer Gary Portelli has no qualms about sending Dio D’Oro out on a heavy track again after his last-start maiden win at Randwick.

The Warwick Farm trainer will bring the promising colt back to Randwick on Saturday when a similar surface to the ground Dio D’Oro encountered earlier this month is predicted.

Dio D’Oro won over 1000 metres at his fourth start for Portelli and Darby Racing on June 9 and the two-year-old has recovered well from the testing run.

He now steps up to 1200m for the Living Turf Handicap in which the field includes fellow last-start winners King’s Trust, Knight Arrow and Godolphin colt Mamaris.

“He certainly hasn’t looked at any stage like he’s gone backwards,” Portelli said.

“The only thing I’m concerned about is when horses put in such a big run first-up, their second-up run can be disappointing.”

With Randwick already in the heavy range and more rain forecast on Thursday, Portelli is relatively at ease.

“I believe if they’ve been on a heavy and you bring them back to a good their next start, the heavy takes the speed out of their legs sometimes,” he said.

“They’re just not quite as sharp when they get back on top of the ground after a heavy track run.

“He swam through it last start and he’s not going to need his speed. He’ll need his stamina more than a turn of foot and he’s rock hard fit. He shouldn’t be flat.”

Dio D’Oro opened his career in January by finishing runner-up to eventual Golden Slipper winner Estijaab at Randwick and despite his recent victory, Portelli will not set any lofty long-term goals.

“That next level of horses is pretty tough. We’ll make hay while the sun shines. If he ends up in that grade, that’ll be great,” he said.

Rachel King again takes the ride as she attempts to increase her lead in the Sydney apprentices’ premiership.

 
$300 in Bonus Bets
Get $300 in Racing Bonus Bets when you join and deposit $250!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Mornington trainer banned over a dead filly

Mornington trainer Shane Bottomley has been suspended and fined over the disposal of a dead horse. Bottomley faced the Racing...

Winx set to race on

The prospect of Winx returning for an autumn campaign is tantalisingly closer with the mare in pre-training and soon to...

Tye Angland back in Sydney

Injured jockey Tye Angland has arrived back in Sydney from Hong Kong to continue his treatment at the Royal North...

Arcadia Queen stamps herself as a star

Perth filly Arcadia Queen is the toast of the west after a brilliant victory in the Kingston Town Classic, the...

Boom 3YO dies from colic

Boom 3YO filly Smart Melody has sadly died after battling a colic related illness. Smart Melody won her first five...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.