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2/2/2018 Portelli rates Exceltic

Gary Portelli believes Exceltic (Excelebration) is his best chance to land back-to-back runnings of the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m), but the trainer is aware of the tough task the colt faces on his debut assignment in the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Rosehill tomorrow. The colt, who was purchased by Laurel Oak Bloodstock for $120,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from the Willaroon Thoroughbreds draft, has won all three of his barrier trials and Portelli has said he thinks the stiffest competition will come from the Chris Waller-trained Breeders' Plate (Listed, 1000m) winner Performer (Exceed And Excel). "He's won all three of his trials and I have a lot of time for him," Portelli said. "It's a big ask to go up against Performer but it will give us a guide where we are."
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